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A Certain Justice (Adam Dalgliesh Series #10)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2001

    James shows there's 'justice for all'!

    P.D. James purists may argue that ¿Devices and Desires¿ is her best work to date, but ¿A Certain Justice¿ is certainly a close second! Granted, while James seems to devote less time to her leading man, Adam Dalgliesh, she nevertheless succeeds in making a more complete story--concentrating more on other characters and events (almost as if she¿s saying ¿you already know enough about Adam¿!). Still, Commander Dalgliesh is in command and it is through his brilliance that the case is solved (or in this case, ¿cases¿!). Basically, Venetia Aldridge, a brilliant, up-and-coming criminal lawyer is found murdered (there can be no other explanation). As Scotland Yard becomes more involved (after all, it is a murder investigation and the victim is quite prominent in London legal circles), facts begin to emerge that picture a not-so-ordinary past. Venetia is no angel (not yet, anyway!)--there are suspects a-plenty and the motives run rampant, from her cleaning lady to colleagues in and out of court and to her own family members. She has a past that certainly has cut some crucial corners. She is also a woman with an attitude--an attitude that seemed not to care about making enemies. she is also the mother of a teenaged daughter, and their relationship, too, has been a bit tumultuous--dicey at best. Venetia is found stabbed to death at her desk, and a barrister¿s wig placed, askew, on her head. Her body is soaked in blood. A convenient suspect is hurriedly identified (a sociopath whom she¿d successfully defended in a murder trial a few years back!) but, alas, he comes up with an alibi and Dalgliesh must look to others, especially some of her jealous colleagues, for his culprit. James¿ plot is, indeed, convoluted and for the casual reader may be hard to follow. After all, she hasn¿t been labeled ¿queen of crime¿ for nothing. Trying to follow the plot is more like trying to find the path in a maze, but that is also probably one of the main attractions for a James novel: it¿s not simple. At the same time, she painstakingly develops her characters, who, simply, are more than one dimensional. While Venetia, on the surface, reflects an organized, planned concept of justice and law and order, James shows us another side--one of justice running amok, of cruelty in the name of the law, and of fair play being something that seems not to exist. And this road to certain justice is one in a state of disrepair, confusion, and blind leads. It is not without its rewards, however, and by the chilling final-chapters¿ climax, it is, once again, a jury victory for James!.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 23, 2002

    CSI done proper...

    Fix a nice cup of tea, a chocolate eclair, and settle in for a thrilling crime scene investigation! Interesting characters, an intense plot, and just enough twists to keep you guessing thoughout. Highly recommended!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2000

    A DIFFERENT KIND OF MYSTERY

    THIS IS A DIFFERENT KIND OF MYSTERY!!!A VERY SATISFYING YET QUESTIONABLE ENDING...THE TITLE GIVES A CERTAIN PICTURE WHAT KIND OF JUSTICE THE DOOMED VENETIA ALDRIDGE WAS TO GET...A CERTAIN JUSTICE. READ IT AND YOU MIGHT THINK...THIS MIGHT BE THE FIRST TIME IN A MYSTERY NOVEL THAT THIS HAS HAPPENED.!!!!!!!!

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2015

    The literary james mystery has a split personality that promises English classic but seeps blood and guts of any American

    Hard boiled noir. It is more dank Russian or cold Scandia and the tea cups may hold vodka. Adam is not likeable. If his staff shows any warmth it is written out. You may put it out to show what good taste you have in recreational reading but pull out the rex stout robb crispen when you are home with the flue. I really want to like James. But must everyone be flawed and unlikeable? There is never any humor in a James. A long series may become formatic but still provide a comfortable satiisfying escape or little adventure for a dull day. m.a

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2013

    Wellwritten and absorbing

    AS GOOD AS USUAL BY THIS AUTHOR WORTH READING SEVERAL TIMES

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 4, 2012

    James-one of the best

    A British crime novel by a master. Set in London with a small set of well- characterized suspects. The writing is smooth and seamless, and the plot intriguing enough to bear rereading. For fans of Ruth Rendell, Elizabeth George or Margery Allingham.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2015

    Definitely reccomended

    It kept me in suspense with its twists and turns in an understated British fashion.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2015

    recommend

    always love any thing written by P.D.James

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