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P.D. James Dies at 94

P.D. James Dies at 94

P.D. James took the classic British detective story into tough modern terrain, complete with troubled relationships and brutal violence, and never accepted that crime writing was second-class literature. James, who has died at age 94, is best known as the creator of sensitive Scotland Yard sleuth Adam Dalgliesh. But her wickedly acute imagination ranged widely, inserting a murder into the mannered world of Jane Austen in Death Comes to Pemberley and creating a bleak dystopian future in The Children of Men.Publisher Faber and Faber said James died peacefully on Thursday at her home in Oxford, southern England. Faber, James' publisher for more than 50 years,

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