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The Private Patient

P. D. James

A beautiful new edition of The Private Patient, published for the first time in Faber paperbacks.

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‘The Queen of Crime.’ New York Times

When the notorious investigative journalist, Rhoda Gradwyn, books into a private clinic in Dorset for the removal of a disfiguring scar, she has every prospect of a successful operation and the beginning of a new life. But won’t leave Cheverell Manor alive. Dalgliesh and his team are called in to investigate the murder, and later a second death, which raises far more complicated problems than merely the question of innocence or guilt . . .

‘An exercise in impeccable detection.’ New York Times

‘James’s skill as a yarn-spinner gives plenty of suspense to this intriguing mystery.’ Financial Times

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A classic.

Financial Times
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Ranks among the masterpieces of British crime writing.

Phillip Ziegler, Spectator Books of the Year
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The Queen of Crime delivers.

Los Angeles Times
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A master storyteller.

Times Literary Supplement
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Elegantly phrased, plot-driven, multi-layered and laced with menace.

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Another chance to encounter Commander Adam Dalgleish should always be a cause for celebration. In The Private Patient P.D. James gives her readers a generous helping of murder and musings on revenge, innocence and guilt.

P. D.James

P. D. James (1920-2014) was born in Oxford and educated at Cambridge High School for Girls. From 1949 to 1968 she worked in the National Health Service and subsequently in the Home Office, first in the Police Department and later in the Criminal Policy Department. All that experience was used in her novels. She was a Fellow of the Royal…

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