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Bill James (2007) Wolves of Memory.

Asst. Chief Constable Desmond Iles and Detective Chief Superintendet Colin Harpur are a strange couple investigating one of London's organized crime families. With his acid humor, Iles will make you lough your head off, if you are not horrified by the savage tale.

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P. D. James (2001) The Black Tower. (First published in 1975)

James' deeply bleak novel is set in an isolated home for patients with a fatal muscular disease. The home's elderly chaplain invites Adam Dalgliesh asking for help. But when Dalgliesh arrives, the chaplain has died. As Commander Danlgliesh begins to investigate, more murder victims keep piling up.

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P. D. James (2001) Death of an Expert Witness.

This Adam Dalgliesh mystery is set in rural England, where forensic specialist Dr. Lorrimer is found murdered in his police laboratory. The unpleasant man had many enemies among his subordinates. In this classical murder novel P.D. James combines vivid characters with an intelligent plot.

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P. D. James (1998) A Taste of Death. (First published in 1986)

In this exquisitely crafted story two bodies are discovered with their throats slashed in a London church. Commander Dalgliesh is tracking down the leads. In her Adam Dalgliesh detective novels, P. D. James subtly develops complex characters that seem to have a true life of their own.

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P. D. James (2001) Innocent Blood

Essential reading from a very smart lady. A crime novel at the peak of the art. (The London Times) James was inducted into the International Crime Writing Hall of Fame in 2008.

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Morag Joss (2005) Half Broken Things.

Three lonely misfits illegally occupy the country house of a wealthy Englishman who is staying abroad. They start behaving as a family. Slowly, however, the seemingly idyllic situation clashes with the outside social reality and turns into a psychological nightmare. With dark humor, the author creates an atmosphere of doomed inevitability.

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