Devices and Desires

Devices and Desires

Book - 1990
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A serial killer of women is on the loose on the Norfolk coast in a community overshadowed by the Larksoken nuclear power station. Commander Dalgliesh, who is staying at his aunt's converted windmill, becomes in-volved in the hunt for the murderer, a search that implicates him in the concerns and dangerous secrets of the headland community. From the Trade Paperback edition.
Publisher: New York : Knopf : Distributed by Random House, 1990, c1989
Edition: 1st American trade ed
ISBN: 9780394580708
Branch Call Number: PR6060.A467 D4 1990
Characteristics: 433 p. ; 25 cm


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Jul 06, 2019

I like the character Adam Dalgliesh, but oftentimes in his P.D. James series, Dalgliesh lends his name but not enough of his presence to the book -- as happens in Devices and Desires. Unfortunately, he is mostly an onlooker here, and the book suffers, because Dalgliesh is P.D. James's most interesting character, and when he is absent the book grows tedious. Perhaps the books need an "Adam Dalgliesh presence" rating so one could stick with the books where he is present 90% of the time! I will say that in some of the later books, where he has developed a team, his team members are worthy characters -- too bad P.D. did not have that idea earlier in the series.

Aug 24, 2016

Adam Dalgleish, needing a vacation, comes to his late aunt's home on the lonely Norfolk coast, which she's left to him, to sort out her things. It's now in the shadow of a nuclear reactor, one focus of this novel. Originally written shortly after Chernobyl, it's greatly affected by that disaster. It's also the story of a serial killer. Dalgleish, unusually, is not the detective on the case, and keeps reminding himself of that. But his logical brain works on it, nonetheless. An interesting perspective. This one has too many characters, too many suspects. Otherwise, an interesting plot.

Mar 15, 2016

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