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A Certain Justice (Adam Dalgliesh #10)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  7,653 Ratings  ·  443 Reviews
Writing at the peak of her form (which is very high indeed), P. D. James has produced her best book since Innocent Blood. The ideas, energy, and artistry on display in A Certain Justice could keep other, younger writers going for most of their careers; the seventy something James tosses them off with apparent ease. It's billed as: "An Adam Dalgliesh Mystery," but in A Cert ...more
Paperback, 481 pages
Published 2007 by Penguin (first published October 1st 1997)
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jo
May 02, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
ο εραστής της. Στο μεταξύ ένας δεύτερος άγριος φόνος περιπλέκει ακόμα περισσότερο τα πράγματα…”

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Δεν ενθουσιάστηκα. Υπάρχουν δύο στοιχεία που πρέπει υπάρχουν σε ένα κάλο αστυνομικό διήγημα για το ευχαριστηθείς με την ψυχή σου. Το ένα είναι φυσικά η δράση, όπου η πλοκή ξεδιπλώνεται γρήγορα αλλά και απολαυστικά και το δεύτερο είναι η αγωνία, αυτό που σε κάνει να γυρίζεις τις σελίδες μανιωδώς. Αυτά έλλειπαν απο την “Περίπτωση δικαιοσύνης”, κάτι που έκοψε στο μισό την αναγνωστική μου απ
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Clare
Listened to in audio format.

This is third book I have listened to by PD James and I think it was the best so far. In A Certain Justice we are introduced to the victim Venetia Aldridge QC. Venetia is defending a young man called Garry Ashe who is charged with murdering his Aunt. The Aunt was a prostitute who liked Garry to watch and take pictures. Garry is acquitted, when Venetia leaves The Bailey she is surprised and dismayed to find out that Garry and her Daughter are to be engaged. Venetia doe
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Lobstergirl
Jan 26, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Olivia Newton-John

A thoroughly delightful James, one of her best. And when I say delightful, it means I have already forgotten about the middle-aged, droopy-breasted slut-prostitute aunt who insists that her live-in nephew not only photograph all her encounters with the mens, but make love to her himself. Hey: it happens. In the world of female British crime writers, it happens a lot. But like I said, I've already forgotten this tidbit.

As our novel opens, attractive, divorced, successful, hard-edged, unmaternal,
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Carol
Nov 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow what a great read. I have never tried this author before because I read her books about the death at pemberly on my kindle a while ago and did not think it very good. But this book just entranced me. Great writing, wonderful use of vocabulary and great characters. I love the characters of the detectives even though I kind of came into their lives mid development and obviously missed some back story, but they were believable and had their insecurities and emotions. The crime is layered and I ...more
Ruth
Aug 25, 2007 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: recently-read
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Kristine Dunn
Jun 19, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I'll be honest, this book was okay. If I had to be in an airport, with no book, I would take it... However...

I have a friend who along with his books adds a recommended beverage to be enjoyed along side - this would have to be tea. Lots and lots of tea.
Laura Andersen
Aug 31, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
A re-read, which reminds once again how very much I love both Adam Dalgliesh and PD James.
Ed
Dec 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: p-d-james
Many people dislike Venetia Aldridge; a few hate her. No one seems to have the opportunity to have killed her and a strong enough hatred to have done so but someone did with a single thrust of a dagger-like paper knife while she worked late in her office in chambers in Middle Temple, a chambers she was scheduled to take over as senior partner within a few months. There were rivals for that position but they were lawyers, not killers. There were family members of murder victims whose killers she ...more
Mike Jensen
Please, somebody tell me that this is the worst book written by P. D. James, because if it isn't then people are even more gullible than I think.

A scene can be handled sparely, as here, "I drove to the store and got the evening paper," or it can be given in pages of detail, describing the need for the evening paper, why the protagonist chose that moment to get one, the weather conditions, the road conditions, a description of the car and the route, what the protagonist was wearing, and a whole
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Gary Baughn
Feb 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As we get older and forget more things one pleasure is re-reading a good book that one can't quite remember. Luckily, P.D. James is a detailed enough writer that there are specifics that surprise anew, and she is a good enough observer of human nature and stylist that a second reading is rewarded.
A Certain Justice is one of her best.
Like most British mysteries, the situation is so claustrophobic (is that because everyone is conscious of England being an island?) that you wonder why more of the
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P.D. (Phyllis Dorothy) James was the author of over 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 served as a magistrate and as a governor of th
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