Retail pak Random House Audio 1997
CS ISBN 0679460853 $44.95 Twelve cassettes
P. D. James constructs an intricate mystery wound about the labyrinthine politics of the English law office of Middle Temple Chambers. Commander Adam Dalgleish uses his finely tuned instincts to sort out the suspects in the baffling murder of the ambitious, uncompromising barrister, Venetia Aldridge. Narrator Michael Jayston's brilliant narration is a mastery of understatement finely tuned to the nuances and shadings of James's characters. Listeners are never aware of a "narrator," yet he unfolds the story deliberately with each twist and turn carefully laid out. Jayston subtly distinguishes the clerks, police officers and lawyers, making the author's careful scrutiny of the characters keenly felt. Jayston rivets listeners' attention from the opening passages. This unabridged recording, available simultaneously with the hardcover print edition, is a sign of the maturing audiobook market. R.F.W. Winner of AUDIOFILE Earphones Award ©AudioFile, Portland, Maine [Published: JAN 98]
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