P. D. James Writing Styles in Death of an Expert Witness

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Point of View

Death of an Expert Witness includes several different points of view. The most frequently occurring point of view is the third-person subjective (or limited) point of view, moving among several different characters. Some of the characters who are presented through the third person subjective view are Dr. Kerrison, Nell Kerrison, Maxim Howarth, Angela Foley, Paul Middlemass, Adam Dalgliesh, John Massingham, Inspector Doyle, and Brenda Pridmore. This point of view works quite well in that the reader is privy to information that the detectives do not always have, which sets up a situation for dramatic irony, i.e., when the reader knows something that a character does not know, but the character needs to know. This point of view also allows the reader to understand a character in a more intimate way than would be possible with a third-person objective (or dramatic) view, where the narrator merely...

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