The Black Tower

An Adam Dalgliesh Mystery

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About The Book

Scotland Yard Inspector Adam Dalgliesh races to solve a twisted murder in bestselling author P.D. James’ classic mystery The Black Tower, hailed as “splendid, macabre” by the London Sunday Telegraph and “a masterpiece,” by the London Sunday Times.

Just recovered from a grave illness, Commander Adam Dalgliesh receives a call for advice from the elderly chaplain at Toynton Grange, an isolated nursing home on the coast of England. But by the time Dalgliesh arrives, Father Baddeley has mysteriously died, as has one of his patients.

When the bodies begin to pile up, Dalgliesh once again finds his own life at risk as he determines to get to the truth behind his friend’s death and unmask the terrible evil t the heart of Toynton Grange.

About The Author

Photograph by Ulla Montan

P.D. James is the author of twenty previous books, most of which have been filmed and broadcast on television in the United States and other countries. She spent thirty years in various departments of the British Civil Service, including the Police and Criminal Law Departments of Great Britain's Home Office. She has served as a magistrate and as a governor of the BBC. In 2000 she celebrated her eightieth birthday and published her autobiography, Time to Be in Earnest. The recipient of many prizes and honors, she was created Baroness James of Holland Park in 1991 and was inducted into the International Crime Writing Hall of Fame in 2008. She lives in London and Oxford.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Scribner (October 2001)
  • Length: 352 pages
  • ISBN13: 9780743219617

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“One of the finest, most absorbing craftsmen of the profession.”

– The Washington Post

“One of the most chilling crime writers around.”

– Observer

"The greatest contemporary writer of classic crime."

– The Sunday Times (London)

“A consummately good crime novel, a masterpiece."

– Sunday Times (UK)

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