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Innocent Blood (original 1980; edition 2001)
by P. D. James
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0743219635, Paperback)Adopted as a child into a privileged family, Philippa Palfrey fantasizes that she is the daughter of an aristocrat and a parlor maid. The terrifying truth about her parents and a long-ago murder is only the first in a series of shocking betrayals. Philippa quickly learns that those who delve into the secrets of the past must be on guard when long-buried horrors begin to stir.
"As a crime novel," wrote the London Times, Innocent Blood is "the peak of the art." "Flawlessly crafted...profoundly, masterfully moving," Cosmopolitan concurred.
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Philippa, an adopted child, applies for a copy of her birth certificate when she is 18. She discovers soon afterward that her mother is about to be released from prison.
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