Written by P. D. James
Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Vintage Canada
ISBN: 978-0-676-97228-3 (0-676-97228-4)
Pub Date: August 22, 2000
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In celebration of P. D. James's 90th birthday, Vintage Canada is thrilled to reissue the grand dame of detective fiction's much-loved and critically acclaimed backlist in trade paperback.
Eighteen-year-old Philippa Palfrey, adopted as a child, believes herself to be the motherless, illegitimate daughter of an aristocratic father. When she exercises her right to find out the truth, she is shocked to discover her birth mother is very much alive -- and about to be released from prison. Philippa soon enters a new and terrifying world, and comes to realize that she is not the only one interested in her parents' whereabouts.
"As suspenseful and tautly written as any of her detective stories — the psychological twists and turns will tantalize the reader as cunningly as a well-paced clue."
—The New York Times
"P.D. James steps into territory occupied by Truman Capote, Shelby Foote, Carson McCullers, even Henry James."
—The New Republic
"A superior thriller — tingling with suspense, difficult to put down."
"A transfixing psychological thriller filled with searing suspense, a multi-twist plot and a remorseless eye for our sometimes monstrous needs and drives — It packs a powerful wallop."
P. D. James is the author of twenty-one books, most of which have been filmed for television. She spent thirty years in various departments of the British Civil Service, including the Police and Criminal Law Departments of Great Britain's
Home Office. She has served as a magistrate and as a governor of the BBC. The recipient of many prizes and honours, she was created Baroness James of Holland Park in 1991 and was inducted into the International Crime Writing Hall of Fame in 2008. She lives in London and Oxford.
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