The Private Patient

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Nov 18, 2008 - Fiction - 352 pages
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Cheverell Manor is a beautiful old house in Dorset, which its owner, the famous plastic surgeon George Chandler-Powell, uses as a private clinic.  When the investigative journalist, Rhoda Gradwyn, arrives to have a disfiguring facial scar removed, she has every expectation of a successful operation and a peaceful week recuperating.  But the clinic houses an implacable enemy and within hours of the operation Rhoda is murdered.   Commander Dalgliesh and his team are called in to investigate a case complicated by old crimes and the dark secrets of the past.  But Before Rhoda's murder is solved, a second horrific death adds to the complexities of one of Dalgliesh's most perplexing and fascinating cases.




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Rhoda Gradwyn is convalescing at a private clinic in a country home following plastic surgery to remove a disfiguring facial scar when she is murdered, strangled in her bed. It’s pretty obvious that ... Read full review

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As always I was very impressed how PD James builds up her stories. It's not the murder which is the centre of the plot, it's more an addition to the stories of all characters. PD James can outline all ... Read full review

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P. D. James is the author of nineteen previous books, many of which have been adapted for television in the United States; her novel The Children of Men became an internationally successful film in 2006. She spent thirty years in various departments of the British Civil Service, including the Police and Criminal Law Departments of the Home Office. She has served as a magistrate and as a governor of the BBC. In 2000 she celebrated her eightieth birthday and published her autobiography, A Time to Be in Earnest. The recipient of many prizes and honors, she was created Baroness James of Holland Park in 1991. She lives in London and Oxford.


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