Devices and Desires

Devices and Desires

Book - 1989
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Featuring the famous Commander Adam Dalgliesh, Devices and Desires is a thrilling and insightfully crafted novel of fallible people caught in a net of secrets, ambitions, and schemes on a lonely stretch of Norfolk coastline. Commander Dalgliesh of Scotland Yard has just published a new book of poems and has taken a brief respite from publicity on the remote Larksoken headland on the Norfolk coast in a converted windmill left to him by his aunt. But he cannot so easily escape murder. A psychotic strangler of young women is at large in Norfolk, and getting nearer to Larksoken with every killing. And when Dalgliesh discovers the murdered body of the Acting Administrative Officer on the beach, he finds himself caught up in the passions and dangerous secrets of the headland community and in one of the most baffling murder cases of his career. From the Trade Paperback edition.
Publisher: Toronto : Lester & Orpen Dennys, c1989
ISBN: 9781400025091
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY JAM
Characteristics: 433 p. ; 21 cm


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Jul 06, 2019

I like the character Adam Dalgliesh, but oftentimes in his P.D. James series, Dalgliesh lends his name but not enough of his presence to the book -- as happens in Devices and Desires. Unfortunately, he is mostly an onlooker here, and the book suffers, because Dalgliesh is P.D. James's most interesting character, and when he is absent the book grows tedious. Perhaps the books need an "Adam Dalgliesh presence" rating so one could stick with the books where he is present 90% of the time! I will say that in some of the later books, where he has developed a team, his team members are worthy characters -- too bad P.D. did not have that idea earlier in the series.

Aug 24, 2016

Adam Dalgleish, needing a vacation, comes to his late aunt's home on the lonely Norfolk coast, which she's left to him, to sort out her things. It's now in the shadow of a nuclear reactor, one focus of this novel. Originally written shortly after Chernobyl, it's greatly affected by that disaster. It's also the story of a serial killer. Dalgleish, unusually, is not the detective on the case, and keeps reminding himself of that. But his logical brain works on it, nonetheless. An interesting perspective. This one has too many characters, too many suspects. Otherwise, an interesting plot.

Mar 15, 2016

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