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Preview — Devices and Desires by P.D. James
Devices and Desires (Adam Dalgliesh #8)
Because of her love of detective novels, she chose the genre to begin her writing career when she was in her early forties. She preferred ...more
Outside of that, this is still good James. She takes time with her characters, and this is really her strength as a writer. She shows people as human, and not a classic bad guy and good guy way. Even if we don't like a character, James still makes the reader feel something for the character, perhaps pity. This makes the people in the books hum ...more
I have always enjoyed PD Ja ...more
From Google Books: Featuring the famous Commander Adam Dalgliesh, Devices and Desires is a thrilling and insightfully crafted novel of fallible people caught in a net of secrets, ambitions, and schemes on a lonely stretch of Norfolk coastline.
Commander Dalgliesh of Scotland Yard has just published a new book of poems and has taken a brief respite from publicity on the remote Larksoken headland on the ...more
The main character, Adam, was hardly metioned. I would have hoped he would have a bigger role in the book, but he was hardly in it.
Instead I was served long, boring and uninteresting character descriptions, metaphors etc. that went on page after page. I quickly forgot one characters history/descprtion when reading about the next one.
That lost my interest immediately.
I want to see things move forward, but it all just went too slowly. Until near the end. When everyth ...more
Of course it's not his fault, especially not in this case. The Norfolk Whistler, a serial killer, has been busy killing women long before Dalgliesh comes to the Larksoken Headland to stay at the old windmill he has just inherited from his beloved aunt, Jane. It is not Dalgliesh's fault that Rikards, a detective who holds a grudge against Dalgliesh, hasn't been able to catch The Whistler. Nor is it Dalgliesh's ...more
a murderer is on the loose in a remote area of the norfolk coast. known as the whistler it is possible that he is the same as a murderer in london
dalgliesh is in the norfolk village sorting out the affairs of his aunt and the bodies are mounting.
a nuclear power station blots the landscape and it is very difficult to believe that one village can house so many characters with secrets they wish to keep hidden
excellent characterisation and also landscap ...more
Boring, meanders, sidetracks. Suddenly terrorist Operation Birdcall causes Caroline to panic when admi ...more
The characters in this novel were well developed and well described there was very little left to the imagination which left the reader more time to get into the mystery and wonder what was going on. The story itself took many different paths and did not just follow the one s ...more
Fue el único de los ocho en el que me pareció que se guardó información que hubiese estado bueno que el lector tenga, tipo Conan Doyle. No llegó a ser intelectualmente deshonesto, pero sí desprolijo.
No la leí demasiado inspirada al nivel más sutil de descripción de los personajes tampoco, no me sentí t ...more
I have to say, however, I found this book disappointing. Dalgliesh, admittedly never the entire focus of the book, usually has a greater part in it. I didn't feel that that detracted from ...more
The story begins predictably enough with a serial killer on the prowl along a stretch of Norfolk coastline. The protagonist, Ad ...more
Featuring the famous Commander Adam Dalgliesh, Devices and Desires is a thrilling and insightfully crafted novel of fallible people caught in a net of secrets, ambitions, and schemes on a lonely stretch of Norfolk coastline.
Commander Dalgliesh of Scotland Yard has just published a new book of poems and has taken a brief respite from publicity on the remote Larksoken headland on the Norfolk coast in a converted windmill left to him by his aunt. But he cannot so easily esca
The setting is the isolated headland of Larksoken in Norfolk where Adam has gone for a short holiday to clear up the estate of his Aunt Jane who has recently died leaving him her renovated windmill with its contents and some considerable cash. After his second book of poetry was published to successful reviews he has been inundated with publicity and if you have read other books in the series you know how much he val ...more
All of her books, probably because of the way she develops the characters, have a philosophical edge to them. Devices and Desires seemed almost like a philosophical musing, maybe because a nuclear power plant play ...more
P. D. James is the author of twenty 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 Department of Great Britain's Home Office. She has served as a magistrate and as a governor of the BBC. In 2000 she ...more