A Taste for Death is a masterful mystery and a precise and elegant literary treat from one of the finest novelists writing today.

In the little vestry of St. Matthew’s Church in London, two bodies lie side by side like butchered animals–one a government minister and the other a local derelict. Commander Adam Dalgliesh is head of a special squad at New Scotland Yard set up to investigate sensitive cases, and this gruesome double murder becomes one of the most complicated and demanding of his career, made more difficult by his familiarity with one of the victims.

“A first-rate detective novel, but it goes beyond that fine achievement to another realm. . . . An intricate, compassionate novel.” –The Boston Globe

“Her best and most ambitious tale to date. . . . The reigning mistress of murder. . . . A craftsman with a poet’s vision, she not only detects evil but attempts to uncover the more elusive–and enduring–enigmas of the human psyche that lead to it.”–Time