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Innocent Blood by P.D. James
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Sep 10, 11

bookshelves: murdertime

who hasn't imagined that they were actually a child of mysterious fortune or an heir to a legacy of romantic adventure? does anyone imagine the opposite - the legacy instead one of squalid violence and tawdry misadventure, straight from tabloid headlines?

this early revelation is only the first of many disconnects between fantasy and reality that the oddly good-humored protagonist suffers. essentially a slow-burning psychological mystery depicting the uncomfortable dance between a murderess, her daughter, and a victim's vengeful father; not a whodunit, but rather a what-will-happen-next. the murderess is a fascinatingly blank character, pathetic and threatening and mysterious, both predator and prey. the mystery is all in the motivation and never in the atmosphere - the latter of which is firmly grounded in prosaic, kitchen sink reality, per usual for James.
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