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Cheverell Manor is a lovely old house in deepest Dorset,
now a private clinic belonging to the famous plastic surgeon
George Chandler-Powell. When investigative journalist Rhoda
Gradwyn arrived there one late autumn afternoon, scheduled
to have a disfiguring and long-standing facial scar removed,
she had every expectation of a successful operation and a
pleasant week recuperating.
Two days later she was
dead, the victim of murder.
To Commander Adam
Dalgliesh, who with his team is called in to investigate the
case, the mystery at first seems absolute. Few things about
it make sense. Yet as the detectives begin probing the lives
and backgrounds of those connected with the dead woman—the
surgeon, members of the manor staff, close
acquaintances—suspects multiply all too rapidly. New
confusions arise, including strange historical overtones of
madness and a lynching 350 years in the past. Then there is
a second murder, and Dalgliesh finds himself confronted by
issues even more challenging than innocence or
P. D. James has gained an enviable reputation
for creating detective stories of uncommon depth and
intricacy, combined with the sort of humanity and
perceptiveness found only in the finest novelists. The
Private Patient ranks among her very best.
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