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The Black Tower (Adam Dalgliesh Mystery…

The Black Tower (Adam Dalgliesh Mystery Series #5) (original 1975; edition 2001)

by P. D. James

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A reckless move in a drug raid leaves Commander Adam Dagliesh of Scotland Yard badly wounded and with time off. When he arrives to visit a friend at Toynton Grange, Dagliesh thinks he's on vacation. Instead, a string of highly mysterious deaths cataplut him dead-center into a maze of mystery, blackmail and murder.… (more)
Title:The Black Tower (Adam Dalgliesh Mystery Series #5)
Authors:P. D. James
Info:Touchstone (2001), Paperback, 352 pages
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The Black Tower by P. D. James (1975)

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Good for a mystery, entertaining, not particularly fabulous. ( )
  Amelia1989 | Jun 10, 2019 |
It was a pleasant hearing, although I would not classify this Dalgliesh book as excellent. Dalgliesh is in a recovery phase and visits an old friend at his request. Unfortunately, he is late because his friend died a few days ago. It is striking that Dalgliesh is always a tad too late in this book. He realizes that there is something bad at work, but there are dead before he finds out anything. ( )
  Ameise1 | Feb 27, 2019 |
I abandoned this one. It seemed repetitive, mean-spirited, and formulaic. All the inmates at the asylum were without any redeeming characteristics. ( )
  CatherineBurkeHines | Nov 28, 2018 |
It was hard to find something to read after East of Eden. I was glad to find The Black Tower. PD James is an amazing writer. Very atmospheric. Wonderful sense of place. Large cast of complex characters made it a bit of a challenge to keep track of them all. A bit twistier than I'm used to from Ms James. Dalgliesh really struggling, soul searching and aloof from the crimes. Quite different from East of Eden, but similar in its terrific use of the language. Penelope Dellaporta is a very fine narrator, great voice for the material. ( )
  njcur | Aug 11, 2018 |
Very solid Dalgliesh mystery, though I wouldn't recommend this one as the first book to read if you want an introduction to the series. It's interesting psychologically because about half of the characters are wheelchair-bound in a convalescent home and because Dalgliesh is thinking about leaving the police force. ( )
  LauraBee00 | Mar 7, 2018 |
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Adam Dalgliesh på uhyggelig pleiehjem
Dalgliesh i krise i en utsøkt kriminalintrige. «Det svarte tårnet» er en over tretti år gammel kriminalroman av den britiske sjangermesteren, og som vanlig overrasket hun leseren med et uvanlig plott. P.D. James bruker over halvparten av boka før Dalgliesh, eller vi for den saks skyld, egentlig vet om det har skjedd noe straffbart

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It was to be the consultant physician's last visit and Dalgliesh suspected that neither of them regretted it, arrogance and patronage on the one side and weakness, gratitude and dependence on the other being no foundation for a satisfactory adult relationship however transitory.
The next morning was airless and sultry, inducing headache, the sky a tent of stained calico ponderous with unspilt rain.
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The first victim is a priest without an enemy; the second a monster of a man who spreads hate wherever he goes. The third victim is a sweet spinster who is the soul of loving kindness; the next, a seductive temptress who is the embodiment of sensual lust.

And Adam Dalgliesh knows that unless he can find the hidden pattern in this seemingly senseless series of slayings, the nightmare of death will go on and on...
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