Original Sin

Original Sin

Book - 1994
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Adam Dalgliesh takes on a baffling murder in the rarefied world of London book publishing in this masterful mystery. Commander Adam Dalgliesh and his team are confronted with a puzzle of seemingly impenetrable complexity. A murder has taken place in the offices of the venerable Peverell Press. The victim is Gerard Etienne, the brilliant but ruthless new managing director, who had vowed to restore the firm's fortunes. Etienne was clearly a man with enemies-a discarded mistress, a rejected and humiliated author, and rebellious colleagues, one of whom apparently killed herself a short time earlier. Yet Etienne's death, which occurred under bizarre circumstances, is for Dalgliesh only the beginning of the mystery, as he desperately pursues the search for a killer prepared to strike and strike again.


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As Commander Adam Dalgliesh and his team probe the bizarre death of publishing magnate Gerard Etienne, a ruthless man with many enemies, they uncover a complex web of dark secrets and revenge and a desperate killer prepared to strike again

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Commander Adam Dalgliesh and his team are confronted with a puzzle of baffling complexity. A murder has taken place in the offices of the Peverell Press, a venerable London publishing house located in a dramatic mock-Venetian palace on the Thames. The victim is Gerard Etienne, the brilliant but ruthless new managing director, who had vowed to restore the firm's fortunes. Etienne was clearly a man with enemies - a discarded mistress, a rejected and humiliated author, and rebellious colleagues, one of whom apparently killed herself a short time before. Yet Etienne's death, which occurred under bizarre circumstances, is for Dalgliesh only the beginning of the mystery, as he desperately pursues the search for a killer prepared to strike and strike again.
Original Sin is a detective thriller in the grand manner, profoundly enriched by P. D. James's ability to evoke an atmosphere of suspense and to create characters whose psychology is plausible and gripping. Nothing is simple about it - the mystery, the haunting symbolism of death and the river, even the interaction between Dalgliesh and his subordinates, Kate Miskin and Daniel Aaron. P. D. James has written her most accomplished novel yet.

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As Commander Adam Dalgliesh and his team probe the bizarre death of publishing magnate Gerard Etienne, a ruthless man with many enemies, they uncover a complex web of dark secrets and revenge and a desperate killer prepared to strike again. 250,000 first printing. $250,000 ad/promo. BOMC Main. Tour.

Publisher: New York : Knopf, c1994.
ISBN: 9780679438892
0679438890
Branch Call Number: M JAM
Characteristics: 416 p. ; 24 cm.

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May 07, 2014

Why can't I just check this thing out? Where is the appropriate link. This service needs serious help

LaBeteNoir Sep 24, 2012

One of my favorite Adam Dalgliesh mysteries. Mysteries, with moral dilemmas.

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Dec 20, 2010

Publishing house Peverall Press is bleeding money and chairman who has just taken over wants to sell family home in which it has offices. There are partners against this and others who hate this chairman, Gerard Etienne, for their own reasons. Also, before his murder, there was a suicide in the office, and a few sabotage incidents. Book 1 gives us background on all characters (suspects) and ends with murder. Book 2 is beginning police procedural.

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