Editorial Review - Kirkus - Jane Doe

James's 18th novel revisits familiar ground—an insular social setting disrupted by a shocking murder—with consummate artistry.For 34 years Rhoda Gradwyn has carried the legacy of her father's abuse in the form of a disfiguring facial scar. Now a distinguished investigative journalist, she decides to have it removed because, as she tells Harley Street plastic surgeon George Chandler-Powell, "I no ... Read full review

Review: The Private Patient: An Adam Dalgliesh Mystery

Editorial Review - - Barbara Lipkien Gershenbaum

THE PRIVATE PATIENT is the 14th book featuring Commander Adam Dalgleish of the Special Investigations Squad. The private patient of the title is Rhoda Gradwyn, an investigative tabloid reporter best known for her mudslinging articles and secretiveness, perhaps the result of an old, unforgettable trauma. When she was a child, her father slashed her face with a broken liquor bottle, which left her ... Read full review

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I enjoyed this much more than James's previous book, The Lighthouse. The first part is particularly gripping. Later, we get a bit bogged down in the detail of an investigation. I didn't feel James made much use of the Stones theme; and the character/personality of the "private patient" herself wasn't filled in - although I know that the epithet of "private" was intended to justify this. 

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