By P. D. James
The second one publication to add Scotland backyard investigator Adam Dalgliesh, A brain To homicide is a “superbly pleasant secret” (Chicago day-by-day News) from bestselling writer P.D. James.
On the outside, the Steen Psychiatric health facility is without doubt one of the so much respected associations in London. but if the executive head is located lifeless with a chisel in her middle, that exceptional facade starts off to fall apart because the fact emerges. Superintendent Adam Dalgliesh of Scotland backyard is named in to enquire and fast reveals himself stuck in a whirlwind of psychiatry, medicinal drugs, and deceit. Now he needs to examine the deep-seated anxieties and thwarted wants of sufferers and employees alike to figure out which in their unresolved conflicts has led to homicide and prevent a crafty killer ahead of the following blow.
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Since his divorce two years earlier Dr. Steiner had shared a house in Hampstead with his widowed sister. He had his own sitting-room and kitchen, an arrangement which enabled Rosa and him to see little of each other, thus fostering the illusion that they got on well together. Rosa was a culture snob. Her house was the centre for a collection of resting actors, one-volume poets, aesthetes posing on the fringe of the ballet world, and writers more anxious to talk about their craft in an atmosphere of sympathetic understanding than to practise it.
What, after all, had Helen lost? When she spoke her voice was as cold as metal. “You none of you liked her, did you? ” “That’s ridiculous, Helen! ” He winced at the crude, police-court jargon, but said curtly: “On the face of it, yes. ” She laughed bitterly. ” “I told you. ” It was hopeless now to wait for that spring of pity or tenderness. It was useless, even, to try to keep control. He said with a deadly calm: “She was in her room, scoring a Rorschach. If it’s any satisfaction to you, neither of us had an alibi.
The next few miles fled in a gold thread of winking cats’-eyes marking the crown of the road, a rush of cold autumnal air. Outside Stalling he turned from the main road to where the dark, uninviting little pub was set well back among its surrounding elms. The bright boys of Stalling Coombe had never discovered it or had rejected it in favour of the smart pubs edging the green belt; their Jaguars were never seen parked against its black brick walls. The saloon bar was empty as usual, but there was a murmur of voices across the wooden partition which separated it from the public bar.