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"Original Sin" is more than a metaphorical reference to the Bible. Author P.D. James is at her compelling best in this Adam Dalgleish thriller.   Henry Peverell,the surviving partner and chairman of an established and respected publishing house has recently died and now the son of his late partner, Gerard Etienne, has taken over. And he has some major changes he plans to institute, much to the alarm to the other share holders of the company. He is so ruthless in his demands and plans, that when he is found dead, few mourn him; however, it is murder and Dalgleish of Scotland Yard comes in to investigate. Dalgleish's intellect and and professionalism rise to the front, as he and assistants Kate Miskin and Daniel Aaron meet the challenges of this bizarre murder. Yet, the body count does rise and Dalgleish realizes it is more than just a disgruntled author seeking revenge. He learns he must look to history for the vital clues and motive, and once those puzzles are solved, he knows he can close the covers on this case.      
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Plot & Themes

Tone of story    -   very upbeat How difficult to spot villain?    -   Very difficult--no foreshadowing/clues Time/era of story:    -   1980's-1999 Spying/Terrorism Thriller    -   Yes What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   90% Special suspect?    -   chronically deranged person Misc. Murder Plotlets    -   "All in the family" murder Kind of investigator    -   police procedural, American    -   british mystery (I say!) Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes General Crime (including known murderer)    -   Yes Who's the criminal enemy here?    -   finding a known killer

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   government investigator Age:    -   40's-50's


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Unusual forms of death    -   asphyxiation    -   drowned Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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