By P. D. James
New York occasions Bestseller
When distinctive legal attorney Venetia Aldridge defends a tender guy for the brutal homicide of his mom, she perspectives the case as easily one other chance to illustrate her brilliance within the court docket. yet inside of weeks of the trial Aldridge is located lifeless at her table, a bloodstained barrister’s wig on her head. And as Commander Adam Dalgliesh of Scotland backyard makes an attempt to make feel of occasions, the murders proceed, inexorably spiraling into clean complexities of horror.
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Miss Caldwell was at her desk as usual. No one else was around as far as I could see. I went down to my room. It’s in the basement at the back. A few minutes ago I opened my refrigerator to take out a carton of milk. The stored blood was missing. ” “When did you put it in the refrigerator, Mr. ” “On Monday, at about midday. ” “Mrs. Carpenter, the cleaner. I left a note warning her not to touch it. I told Miss Caldwell in case she wanted to put her milk in my fridge. I have no doubt she passed the news round Chambers.
He waited calmly, his face still expressionless, while Harry took the key from his pocket and unlocked the doors, then held them open. For a second, as the key turned, he had been seized with an irrational conviction that it would all prove to be a mistake, that the blood-bloated head had been a sick fantasy and that the room would be empty. But the reality was even more horrible than on the first sight. He dared not look at Mr. Langton’s face. Then he heard him speak. His voice was calm, but it was the voice of an old man.
Langton didn’t reply. His face was a mask betraying nothing. Then he said: “I’d better look. ” “Not yet, sir. I knew you were on your way so I thought it would be better to wait. I’ve telephoned Mr. ” Harry followed Mr. Langton up the stairs. The Head of Chambers held on to the banisters but his feet were steady. He waited calmly, his face still expressionless, while Harry took the key from his pocket and unlocked the doors, then held them open. For a second, as the key turned, he had been seized with an irrational conviction that it would all prove to be a mistake, that the blood-bloated head had been a sick fantasy and that the room would be empty.