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Death of an Expert Witness (Adam Dalgliesh) Paperback – November 13, 2001
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Dr. Lorrimer is a forensic scientist employed at a police laboratory, well respected by the scientific community and a bastion of authority in the witness box. Unfortunately, he is also a singularly unpleasant man: bitter at being passed over for promotion, petty in his dealings with underlings, vindictive in his personal relationships. So it is hardly surprising when he is murdered--but the circumstances are something of a shock: he is clubbed to death in the middle of his own laboratory, a situation that seems to indicate one or more of his co-workers is involved. And Chief Inspector Dalgliesh has an abundance of suspects from which to select.
James' detective Dalgliesh is a rather dour creation, and in some James novels he can become a tiresome companion--but here James balances his darkness against the demands of the overall novel to considerable effect. The result is a stylish, atmospheric work with an intelligent plot and a satisfying conclusion--a book to keep mystery fans sitting up all night. Recommended.
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The expert witness in the title refers to Dr. Edwin Lorrimer, a much respected forensic biologist who leads a solitary life in rural England. Although admired by colleagues for his work and intelligence, Lorrimer is severly disliked as a person. The introductory book introduces us to several characters that inhabit Chevisham and their various reasons for disliking Dr. Lorrimer - and perhaps even their motives for killing him. When he is found dead in his laboratory, all signs point to someone on the inside, and Adam Dalgliesh is called in to piece together the mystery surrounding his death.
The cast of characters is well written and believable; their supporting roles are thoroughly realized and move the plot along at a brisk pace. Dalgliesh is a master at tracking the little things that move humans to murder and the reader follows in his footsteps, searching for the clues even as he seeks them out. As usual, there is a hint of melancholy in Dalgliesh's actions and in the novel's bittersweet ending; the reader has come to empathize with the vivid characters who may or may not be guilty.
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Once again a delightful mystery by PD James. Actually surprised at the end ! Loved the architectural descriptions so much too !Published 7 days ago by Janet A Martz
I started out listening to the audio book version of [b:Death of an Expert Witness|3828|Death of an Expert Witness. Read morePublished 1 month ago by kimberly hall
This book by James is a good example of why she is read as a good mystery writer. The mystery is a good one as we learn facts throughout the book of why and how the murder was... Read morePublished 4 months ago by J. Robert Ewbank
A little slower than Iwould have liked; not quite up to her usual standards.Published 4 months ago by Roger Williams
Enjoyed a book that took some thought and attention to read. Not one to skim through.Published 4 months ago by Patrice