The Private Patient

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Faber & Faber, Sep 4, 2008 - Fiction - 416 pages
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'The Queen of Crime.' New York Times

When the notorious investigative journalist, Rhoda Gradwyn, books into a private clinic in Dorset for the removal of a disfiguring scar, she has every prospect of a successful operation and the beginning of a new life. But won't leave Cheverell Manor alive. Dalgliesh and his team are called in to investigate the murder, and later a second death, which raises far more complicated problems than merely the question of innocence or guilt . . .

'An exercise in impeccable detection.' New York Times

'James's skill as a yarn-spinner gives plenty of suspense to this intriguing mystery.' Financial Times


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User Review  - ChazziFrazz - LibraryThing

After thirty years, Rhoda Gradwyn has decided to get rid of the long facial scar on her left cheek. Something her father had given her at sixteen while he was drunk and angry. She had become very ... Read full review

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User Review  - amaraki - LibraryThing

Although I read this mystery with zest finishing it within a week, I was quite disappointed with it overall. Rather maudlin at the end --perhaps fans of AD & his crew need a sentimental slice of the ... Read full review

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P. D. James was a bestselling and internationally acclaimed crime writer. She was the creator of Adam Dalgliesh and Cordelia Gray, and their long and successful series of mysteries. Her works include Cover Her Face (1962), An Unsuitable Job for a Woman (1972), Innocent Blood (1980), Children of Men (1992), and the Jane Austen-inspired Death Comes to Pemberley (2011).

James was born in Oxford in 1920. She won awards for crime writing in Britain, America, Italy and Scandinavia, including the Mystery Writers of America Grandmaster Award. She received honorary degrees from seven British universities, was awarded an OBE in 1983 and created a life peer in 1991. In 1997 she was elected President of the Society of Authors, and stood down from this role in 2013.