Talking about Detective Fiction

P. D. James (Author)
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Product Details

Price
$14.00
Publisher
Vintage
Publish Date
May 03, 2011
Pages
198
Dimensions
5.27 X 0.63 X 7.93 inches | 0.5 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9780307743138
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About the Author

P. D. James was the author of twenty books, many of which feature her detective hero Adam Dalgliesh and have been televised or filmed. She was the recipient of many honors, including the Mystery Writers of America Grand Master Award and the National Arts Club Medal of Honor for Literature, and in 1991 was created Baroness James of Holland Park. She died in 2014.

Reviews

"[P.D. James's] literary sensibility--calm observation and exact description--is on ample display here."--Wall Street Journal

"An avid book-length essay on the roots, ethics and methods of the detective story . . . Her opinions are often surprising and determinedly contrary . . . Refreshingly outspoken."--New York Times

"An amiable, personal appreciation of the genre by someone who has been one of its most accomplished and popular exponents."--The Times, London

"It's like sitting across from P. D. James over tea, and that, naturally, is a delight."--Booklist

"Anyone who is interested in P. D. James's own fiction will want to read this, but it stands in its own right as a deeper, more thoughtful enquiry into what it is we get out of detective fiction . . . Elegant and thoughtful."--The Independent, London

"A master class on British mysteries . . . It's hard to imagine a better guide."--Christian Science Monitor

"Talking About Detective Fiction has biblical heft. . . . The style is clean, thoughtful and full of grace. . . . Incisive."--New York Times Book Review

"Fascinating. . . . Her writing shows a vast knowledge and abiding love for the genre she describes."--USA Today

"P. D. James is the undisputed grande dame of the modern mystery . . . She presents an energetic, insightful, and often witty history of the genre."--Boston Globe