Original Sin

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: P. D. James

Narrated By: Penelope Dellaporta

Publisher: Random House (Audio)

Date: January 2013

Duration: 21 hours 3 minutes


Adam Dalgliesh takes on a baffling murder in the rarefied world of London book publishing in this masterful mystery from one of our finest novelists.

Commander Adam Dalgliesh and his team are confronted with a puzzle of impenetrable complexity. A murder has taken place in the offices of the Peverell Press, a venerable London publishing house located in a dramatic mock-Venetian palace on the Thames. The victim is Gerard Etienne, the brilliant but ruthless new managing director, who had vowed to restore the firm's fortunes. Etienne was clearly a man with enemies-a discarded mistress, a rejected and humiliated author, and rebellious colleagues, one of who apparently killed herself a short time earlier. Yet Etienne's death, which occurred under bizarre circumstances, is for Dalgliesh only the beginning of the mystery, as he desperately pursues the search for a killer prepared to strike and strike again.

"Complex and compelling.... James is writing in full mastery of her craft."-The New York Times Book Review"One of James's best novels.... James transcends literary classification." -Chicago Sun-Times"The queen of the British murder mystery demonstrates why the crown is hers."-Newsday"One of James's most savory fictions. . . . A marvelous tale."-San Francisco Chronicle "One of her most enjoyable and vigorous novels."-The Plain Dealer