Just recovered from a grave illness, Commander Adam Dalgliesh is called to the bedside of an elderly priest. When Dalgliesh arrives, Father Baddeley is dead. Is it merely his own brush with mortality that causes Dalgliesh to sense the shadow of death about to fall once more?
"Splendid, macabre," wrote the London Sunday Telegraph. "The Black Tower is a masterpiece," the London Sunday Times concurred.
P. D. James's creepiest yet, August 15, 2003 Reviewer: Peggy Vincent from Oakland, CA The bodies of the murder victims keep piling up in this whodunit set in a nursing home on the coast of Dorset. The isolation lends to the aura of incipient terror that hovers over the scene, and more layers to the bottomless depths of Commander Adam Dalgliesh's character are revealed. One of James's best.