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The Murder Room (Adam Dalgliesh #12) The Murder Room by P.D. James
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“All the motives for murder are covered by four Ls: Love, Lust, Lucre and Loathing.”
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“What mattered at fifty-eight was what had mattered at eighteen: breeding and good bone structure.”
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“It had always been a part of his job which he found difficult, the total lack of privacy for the victim. Murder stripped away more than life itself. The body was parceled, labelled, dissected; address books, diaries, confidential letters, every part of the victim's life was sought out and scrutinized. Alien hands moved among the clothes, picked up and examined the small possessions, recorded and labelled for public view the sad detritus of sometimes pathetic lives.”
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“Her aunt and uncle worked fifteen hours a day in their desperate attempt to keep the corner shop in profit, and their Sundays were marked by exhaustion. The moral code by which they lived was that of cleanliness, respectability and prudence. Religion was for those who had the time for it, a middle-class indulgence.”
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“The generations die, but what they made, what they painted and wrote, strove for and achieved, was still here, at least in part. In making memorials, not only to the famous but to the legions of the anonymous dead, were we hoping to ensure our own vicarious immortality?”
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“The consolation of imaginary things is not imaginary consolation.’ I told him I sometimes craved even imaginary consolation. Neville”
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“diurnal death can be a nightly descent into a very private hell. We spoke”
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“he had felt for the Gearings. But he had made a promise and it was one he knew he would have to”
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“You’re only half alive if you’re afraid to love.”
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“A number of his friends whose wilfully overburdened lives inhibited the enjoyment of all but necessary pleasures somehow found time to take afternoon tea with the Ackroyds in their neat Edwardian villa in Swiss Cottage with its comfortable sitting-room and atmosphere of timeless indulgence.”
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