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“Murderers do not usually give their victims notice. This is one death which, however terrible that last second of appalled realization, comes mercifully unburdened with anticipatory terror.” That’s the first line to P.D. James’ latest mystery novel, A Certain Justice. The final line is…what? What’s the matter? I was merely going to quote from “A Note on the Type,” on the last page: “The text of this book was set in Sabon, a typeface designed by Jan Tschichold (1902-1974).” For my money, there is no better font for serious crime reading. Ms. James discusses her book from cover to cover at 12:30 p.m. at Mystery Bookshop, 7700 Old Georgetown Rd., Bethesda. (Signing only.) FREE. (301) 357-2665; and 7 p.m. at the National Press Club Ballroom, 14th & F Sts. NW. $5. (Reading and signing.) (202) 347-3686. (Dave Nuttycombe)