MWA Grandmaster P.D. James returns with this 14th mystery in her superb Adam Dalgliesh series, in which the commander is looking forward to his marriage and contemplating his retirement when what may be his last case comes in. A notorious investigative journalist, who booked a stay at a private clinic in Dorset to remove an old facial scar, survived her operation but not her stay.
"James pays a bit less attention to the lives of the suspects and more to Dalgliesh's inner turmoil. Longtime readers will be fine with this subtle switch in emphasis, as we sense the winding down of the landmark series.... A fine valedictory note for her hero."—Booklist