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Devices and Desires

Inspector Adam Dalgliesh Series, Book 8 (Dramatised)
Narrated by: Robin Ellis, Full Cast
Length: 2 hrs and 50 mins
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Summary

When Detective Chief Inspector Adam Dalgliesh takes a well-deserved break, in his newly inherited cottage on the Norfolk Coast, relaxation is the last thing he can expect.

He becomes involved in the hunt for a serial killer, known as the Whistler, who is terrorising the small community of Larksoken. In the course of 15 months the killer has claimed four victims and created a climate of mounting fear, with each murder seeming that much closer to home.

When Dalgliesh discovers the body of a woman by the sea, it looks like the Whistler has claimed yet another life. But how could this be, when the killer's own body was found earlier that night along with a suicide note?

In the shadow of the massive nuclear power station which dominates the bleak landscape, passions and hatreds are surfacing under the strain of fear. And if the Whistler isn't responsible for the latest killing, there must be other enemies lurking within the community.

©1998, 2002 BBC Worldwide Ltd (P)1998, 2002 BBC Worldwide Ltd

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Drama to my ears

I listened tonight to the whole story, marvellous. With all the actors n the background sounds it truly brings it to life. Brilliant :)

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Disappointing

Dramatisation was heavy handed sounded like an episode of the archers. PD James writing is so readable a real shame the script was so leaden. Wish more books had a listen in advance clip available.

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It is dated

I think modern thrillers seem to have so many twists and turns. They are constantly surprising me. This story had compelling characters but the plot was a bit flat. The surprises weren't particularly exciting. The denouement wasn't worth it.

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  • Deborah Layton
  • 28-12-16

Good Mystery

As a good English mystery should be, there were lots of suspects and twists and turns to the plot. Voice acting was very good. My only complaint is that it was a bit drawn out as a radio play type of presentation. Generally worth a 3 hour listen during a long drive, though.