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Join Doubleday Book Club for a great deal on THE PRIVATE PATIENT

Commander Adam Dalgliesh is in the middle of that most awkward of social proceedings—meeting one’s future father-in-law for the first time—when he’s interrupted by an urgent call from Scotland Yard. A journalist has been murdered at an exclusive clinic in Dorset, and because of the sensitive nature of the case, 10 Downing Street wants Dalgliesh and his squad to take over the investigation.

When Dalgliesh sees the victim, the cause of death is obvious: strangulation by a right-handed grip. But whose? As the detectives begin probing the backgrounds of those connected with the dead woman—the surgeon, members of the manor staff, close acquaintances—suspects begin to multiply all too rapidly. As if things weren’t complicated enough, the case also seems to have links to a lynching that happened 350 years in the past. Then a second murder occurs, and Dalgliesh finds himself confronted by issues even more challenging than innocence or guilt.

Filled with all the qualities that P.D. James’ readers have come to expect—complex characters, a vivid evocation of place, and a multifaceted mystery—The Private Patient is a work of uncommon depth and intricacy. It ranks among her very best.

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