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Devices and Desires by P.D. James
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Mar 14, 2008

it was ok
bookshelves: mystery
Read in March, 2008

I really need to stop reading P.D. James. My understanding is that plenty of people love her, but this is the third book I've read and finished only out of a sense of duty. In a twist, her hero Adam Dalgleish (or however you spell that) is on the outside of a case looking in. I'm not sure whether this was just to do something new, or to give us fascinating insights on what it's like to be involved in a murder case when you're not the police, but I wasn't impressed. For a sensitive poet such as Dal., I would think he'd have a little more ability to take himself out of the defensive bystander role he often played. But no, he was constantly prickly (oh wait, my impression is that's actually his standard personality), the investigating detective was sadly made to be a bit neurotic and less than brilliant (which was unfortunate and to me, seemed to stem from a desire not to make him cooler than Dal.), and the rest of the characters unlikable to my picky tastes. If only the whole cast could have been complicit in the murder so everyone could die or go to jail.
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Alvin I think you really nail it in this review! I've always thought "Dawg" could use a good Colon cleanse. A.

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