" Taut. . . . Absorbing. . . . Better than her best." - "The New York Times Book Review" " I have often thought of mysteries as the sorbets of literature, something light and tangy to clear the palate between more serious courses. The books of P.D. James, however are more substantial fare, fulfilling as well as delicious, and Devices and Desires is no exception." - "The Washington Post Book World" " A masterful writer . . . Devices and Desires seems to be that highly prized work- a terrific tale suspense and detection that also delivers the satisfaction of a mainstream novel." - "The Wall Street Journal" " Brilliant . . . wonderful. P.D. James does it again." - "USA Today" " Her stories are so engrossing that it is difficult to read slowly enough to pay attention to the remarkable writing. But in Devices and Desires, she is so at the top of her form that to rush though would itself be a crime." - "The Kansas City Star" " Undiluted pleasure." - "Newsday" " Vintage P.D. James. . . . Devotees of Britain' s Queen of Crime will be enthralled . . . showcasing lyrical prose abounding with vivid imagery, suberbly delineated characters, and a labyrinthine puzzle. . . . It' s impossible to resist this haunting, dark tale." - "Milwaukee Journal Sentinel" " We' re glued to P.D. James' s beautifully spun whodunit. . . . The master' s shivering touch is intact." - "Glamour" " A cleverly crafted book that readers may very well stay up all night to finish. . . . She exposes themurderously repressed rage beneath the clam surface of typical middle-class Britishers." - "Boston Herald" " The greatest living mystery writer . . . weaves a dazzling array of psychological profiles into a gently ironic examination of human life and the ' relative value' we ascribe to it." - "People" " James at her best . . . a superb tale of murder." - "Booklist" " Devices and Desires may be her best yet. . . . The plot is superb, with the larger moral issues of a nearby nuclear power station and the thickly interwoven lives of characters lending measured gravity to the sensational murder story. And the prose style is a dream." - "The Seattle Times" " Un-put-downable. . . . P.D. James is never content with just a formulaic detective story. She takes the whodunit to deeper levels." - "New Woman" " James is one of Britain' s best writers in the genre. . . . Devices and Desires brings the classic whodunit as far as it can go." - "The Detroit News" " The best book she' s written. It has literary merit that detective works seldom attempt . . . everything fits beautifully." - "The Sacramento Bee" " No other mystery writer- and few writers period- offers such a rich bounty. . . . Devices and Desires is superb. It is what good writing- and reading- is all about. James has used all her powers to produce her best work yet. Her fans- old and new- will be overjoyed." - "Fort Worth Star-Telegram" " James once again gives us a convincing portrait of contemporarysociety, while at the same time she scrupulously observes- and smartly updates and complicates- all the mystery genre conventions." - "San Diego Magazine" " Demonstrates just how well James commands the English language. . . . The complex plot unfolds into the usual Jamesian tangle of human relationships and subplots. The story takes shape as James unwraps each nuance of personality, each intricate piece of the puzzle." - "Library Journal" "From the Trade Paperback edition."
When Commander Adam Dalgliesh visits Larksoken, a remote headland community on the Norfolk coast in the shadow of a nuclear power station, he expects to be engaged only in the sad business of tying up his aunt's estate. But the peace of Larksoken is illusory. A serial killer known as the Whistler is terrorising the neighbourhood and Dalgliesh is drawn into the lives of the headlanders when it quickly becomes apparent that the Whistler isn't the only murderer at work under the sinister shadow of the power station.
In Devices and Desires, award-winning P.D. James (author of Death Comes to Pemberley, The Murder Room and Children of Men) plots a chilling investigation into the motives of a cold-hearted serial killer. This novel was adapted for BBC television in 1984 and starred Robert Marsden as the inspector protagonist Adam Dalgliesh.