By P.D. James
Sally Jupp was once a sly and sensuous younger girl who used her physique and her brains to make her means up the social ladder. Now she lies throughout her mattress with darkish bruises from a strangler’s palms perpetually marring her lily-white throat.Someone has determined that the wages of sin can be death...And it really is as much as leader Inspector Adam Dalgliesh to determine who that somebody is.
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