The Lighthouse

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The Lighthouse

Format:  Paperback,

383 pages

Publisher: Random House Inc

Publish Date: Oct 2006

ISBN-13: 9780307275738

ISBN-10: 0307275736

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A secure and secluded retreat for the rich and powerful becomes the setting for an unsettling series of murders.Combe Island off the Cornish coast is a restful haven for the elite. But when one of its distinguished visitors is found hanging from the island's famous lighthouse in what appears to have been a murder, the peace is shattered. Commander Adam Dalgliesh is called in to handle the sensitive case, but at a difficult time for him and his depleted team. He is uncertain about his future with his girlfriend Emma Lavenham; his principle detective Kate Miskin is going through an emotional crisis; and the ambitious Sergeant Francis Benton-Smith is not happy about having a female boss. After a second brutal killing, the whole investigation is jeopardized, and Dalgliesh is faced with a danger even more insidious than murder.

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Publisher: Random House Inc
Publish Date: Oct 2006
ISBN-13: 9780307275738
ISBN-10: 0307275736
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 383
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.7
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 8.0 x 5.25 x 0.75
Walmart No.: 307275736

About the author

Biography of James, P. D.

P. D. James, pseudonym of Phyllis Dorothy James White, Baroness James of Holland Park, was born on August 3, 1920. She spent 30 years in British Civil Service. She has written approximately 20 books and is best known for the Adam Dalgliesh Mystery series and the Cordelia Gray Mystery series. Three titles in the Adam Dalgliesh Mystery series have received the Silver Dagger award--Shroud for a Nightingale, The Black Tower, and A Taste for Death. In 2000, she published her autobiography, Time to Be in Earnest. She has received the prestigious Diamond Dagger award for lifetime achievement.

Reviews

Review by Library Journal (2006-05-15)

A small group is staying at a manor house on a small Cornish island. One member is found dead, obviously murdered. The cast of characters includes a clergyman who has lost his faith, a doctor who has lost his professional self-confidence, diplomats, the murdered man's daughter, and her fianc?. Scotland Yard commander Adam Dalgliesh and his team are called in to investigate. The dead man was brilliant, manipulative, and abusive, and the island's inhabitants are quirky.

Inspector Kate Miskin takes over the investigation when Adam falls ill, but high fever or not, it is Adam who identifies the murderer. Like all of James's works, the book is well written and enjoyable, but there are many oddities, and too much time is devoted to flashbacks. Despite the extensive back stories, the characters seem flat, like figures being moved around a game board. The crime is solved by what appears to be divine inspiration, not the collection of evidence. Charles Keating gives a satisfactory reading, and despite its many flaws, The Lighthouse is a pleasant listening experience. Although far from James's best, this title should be in high demand. Recommended for all collections.

-I. Pour-El, Des Moines Area Community Coll., Boone, IA

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Awards and Recognitions

  • Galaxy British Book Awards, 2006 (United Kingdom)

Book description

A secure and secluded retreat for the rich and powerful becomes the setting for an unsettling series of murders. Combe Island off the Cornish coast is a restful haven for the elite. But when one of its distinguished visitors is found hanging from the island’s famous lighthouse in what appears to have been a murder, the peace is shattered. Commander Adam Dalgliesh is called in to handle the sensitive case, but at a difficult time for him and his depleted team.

He is uncertain about his future with his girlfriend Emma Lavenham; his principle detective Kate Miskin is going through an emotional crisis; and the ambitious Sergeant Francis Benton-Smith is not happy about having a female boss. After a second brutal killing, the whole investigation is jeopardized, and Dalgliesh is faced with a danger even more insidious than murder.

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