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The Private Patient

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Written by P. D. JamesAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by P. D. James

  • Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
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  • Publisher: Vintage
  • On Sale: November 3, 2009
  • Price: $16.00
  • ISBN: 978-0-307-45528-4 (0-307-45528-9)
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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.

"Brilliant. . . . A jewel in [James's] crown."—Pittsburg-Post Gazette
"No one is better than James at maintaining this tension between the cozy and the frightful."—The Washington Post
"[James is] a master. . . . Nothing is as it first appears."—The Boston Globe
"[I]intricately plotted and suspenseful... James' clear-eyed, often sardonic prose describes rooms and people exactly as she sees them." —Providence Journal
"Elegant . . . compelling. . . . Continues the James tradition. . . . She comfortably tackles timeless concerns." —Chicago Tribune
"The ghost of literature past haunts P.D. James' newest novel. . . . The novel's pointed descriptions, its gothic settings, and its theme exploring the insidious legacies of family and class violence suggest Charles Dickens may have rested a hand on James' shoulder while she wrote this terrific literary mystery." —Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"James is a wonderful writer." —Chicago Sun-Times
"James is in excellent form. . . . [She] offers her readers intelligence, wisdom, dry humor, knowledge both deep and wide-ranging, humanity, compassion, understanding and a wonderful way with words. . . . James is one of Britain's greatest living writers."—St. Louis Post-Dispatch