By P. D. James
Whilst the quiet Little sacristy of St. Matthew's Church turns into the blood-soaked scene of a double homicide, Scotland backyard Commander Adam Dalgliesh faces an interesting conundrum: How did an upper-crust Minister come to lie, slit throat to slit throat, subsequent to a local derelict of the bottom order? Challenged with the research of against the law that looks to have never-ending explanations, Dalgliesh explores the sinister net spun round a half-burnt diary and a violet-eyed widow who's pregnant and whole of malice--all the whereas hoping to fill the space of good judgment that joined those disparate males in brilliant pink loss of life. . . .
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She resented the way in which he seemed to be taking over, insinuating himself into the family as cunningly as he once had in Oxford. And then, again, she reproached herself for unfairness. He had never lacked his measure of kindness. ' Time for what? she wondered. To make a decent pre-tence that she cared? She didn't reply. Suddenly she wanted him gone so urgently that it was all she could do not to order him to get out. Instead she held out her hand. Bending, he took it in his and then raised it to his lips.
But I didn't prepare carefully enough. I suppose I thought I didn't need to. I was pretty arrogant in those days. But it wasn't only that. At the time I was very much in love, one of those adventures which seem of overwhelming importance at the time but, afterwards, leave one wondering if it wasn't a kind of sickness. But I just wasn't giving the case what 8O it needed. Matlock was convicted of murder and died in prison. He had one child, a daughter. Her father's con-viction unhinged what precarious stability she'd man-aged to maintain and after she came out of the psychiatric hospital she got in touch with me and I gave her a job.
Both knew the importance of the question. ' 'With his own throat partly cut? Again, after that first superficial cut, I don't think one can rule it out. He'd be in a state of high excitement, remember. It's amazing what strength people do find. After all, we're supposing that he was interrupted in the act of suicide. Hardly the moment when a man is at his most rational. But I can't be certain. No one can. ' 'I was afraid so. ' 'Or you want to believe it's too neat. ' 'From the position of the body I think he could have been sitting on the edge of the bed.
A Taste for Death (Adam Dalgliesh Mysteries 7) by P. D. James