The Private Patient

Few novelists have remained at the top of their form as long as P. D. James has. Though her new Adam Dalgliesh mystery isn’t among the 88-year-old writer’s best (as The Lighthouse, published when she was a mere 85, certainly is), the book is strong in ways that have always made James worth reading: it has complex, convincing characters and seriously engages with spiritual and moral issues. And James seldom slights well-plotted suspense—that essential ingredient of a good mystery.


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