James, P. D.
Set in a long-established publishing firm housed in a dramatic mock-Venetian palace on the Thames. The Peverell Press, founded in 1792, is ripe for change. The chairman, Henry Peverell, has just died; his French partner, Jean-Philippe Etienne, has retired and Etienne’s ruthless son Gerard has taken over as chairman. Gerard Etienne has made enemies: his discarded mistress, a rejected and humiliated author, his colleagues and threatened members of the Peverell staff. When he is found dead on the premises, his body bizarrely desecrated, there is no shortage of suspects. Adam Dalgliesh and his team are confronted with a puzzle of extraordinary ingenuity and complexity, and a murderer who is prepared to kill again.
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