Innocent Blood
Genre : Fiction
Published : 1 Aug 1980 - Faber & Faber
Philippa Palfrey, adopted as a child, believes herself to be the motherless, illegitimate daughter of an aristocratic father. At eighteen she exercises her right to find out the truth. What she discovers will change her life forever.

Philippa enters a new and terrifying world and soon comes to realize that she is not the only one interested in her parents' whereabouts.

INNOCENT BLOOD is both a mystery and a thriller, a superb novel that explores the themes of self-identity and the meaning of life.


Remarkable... eye-opening... could be read as a mainstream novel, and a considerable one. As a crime novel it is a peak of the art

The Times

Immensely readable, bright...P.D. James is capable of handling her themes with astonishing clarity: not to simplify things for us, but to give us the crisp honesty of her novelistic perceptions."<br />

The New York Times Book Review

Subtle, rich, allusive, and positively Shakespearean.

The New York Times

A superbly crafted psychological story of a search for identity, revenge and redemption.

Toronto Star

P.D. James steps into territory occupied by Truman Capote, Shelby Foote, Carson McCullers, even Henry James.

The New Republic

A superior thriller - tingling with suspense, difficult to put down.


A transfixing psychological thriller filled with searing suspense, a multi-twist plot and a remorseless eye for our sometimes monstrous needs and drives -- It packs a powerful wallop.


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