Death in Holy Orders
Faber & Faber, Penguin(October 2001)
When the body of a theology student is found on a desolate stretch of the East Anglian coast, his wealthy father refuses to believe it is an accidental death. Adam Dalgliesh, James’ sharp and taciturn detective, agrees to pay a visit to the young man’s theological college, St Anselm’s, and look into the matter. He secretly relishes the opportunity for a nostalgic return to the place where he once spent a summer as a boy. But he no sooner begins his investigation than he finds himself embroiled in the intrigue, conflict and dangerous secrets of the college community torn by and contending with still more murders.
'A grand gothic novel of gut-wrenching suspense, satisfying at all levels.… Nobody can put the reader in the eye of a storm quite like P.D. James'. -- Frances Fyfield, Sunday Express
'Death in Holy Orders is pure pleasure'. -- Spectator
Foreign rights have been sold to Germany, Italy, Spain, Norway, Portugal, Holland, France, Greece, Denmark, Israel, Japan, Brazil, China, the Czech Republic, Sweden, Romania, Finland, China. Latin America and Croatia.
DEATH IN HOLY ORDERS was adapted into a 2-part BBC drama.