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.
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.
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