Author: Ruth Rendell (a.k.a.: Barbara Vine)

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Book:King Solomon's Carpet

King Solomon's Carpet

Barbara Vine

Eccentric Jarvis lives in a crumbling schoolhouse overlooking the tube line, compiling his obsessive history of the Underground. A group of misfits are also drawn towards his strange house: Alice, who has run away from her husband and baby; Tom, the busker who rescues her; truant Jasper who finds his terrifying thrills on the tube; and enigmatic Axel, whose deadly secret casts a shadow over all their lives. Damaged, dispossessed, outcasts, they are brought together in violent and unforeseen ways by London’s dark and dangerous Underground system.

Book:A Dark-Adapted Eye

A Dark-Adapted Eye

Barbara Vine

When Faith Severn’s aunt was hanged for murder, the reason behind her dark deed died with her. For 30 years, the family hid the truth—until a journalist prompts Faith to peer back to the day when her aunt took knife in hand and entered a child’s nursery.

Book:A Fatal Inversion

A Fatal Inversion

Barbara Vine

Book:Live Flesh

Live Flesh

Ruth Rendell

After ten years in prison for shooting—and permanently crippling—a young policeman, Victor Jenner is released to a strange new world and told to make a new life for himself. It’s hard to fill the days, but at least there’s one blessing—he was never convicted for all those rapes he committed. Then Victor meets David, the policeman he shot all those years ago, and David’s beautiful girlfriend, Clare. And suddenly Victor’s new life is starting to look an awful lot like the old one…

Book:A Demon in My View

A Demon in My View

Ruth Rendell

She waits for him in the dark, her mind and body perfect, passive, until one day, when he goes to the cellar, and she is gone…

In A Demon in My View, Ruth Rendell creates a character as frightening as he is fascinating. Mild-mannered Arthur Johnson has never known how to talk to women. And his loneliness has perverted his desire for love and respect into a carefully controlled penchant for violence. One floor below him, a scholar finishing his thesis on psychopathic personalities is about to stumble—quite literally—upon one of Arthur’s many secrets. Haunting and intelligent, A Demon in My View shows the startling results of this chilling alchemy of two very disparate minds—one pathological and the other obsessed with pathology.

Book:The Tree of Hands

The Tree of Hands

Ruth Rendell

Mopsa, driven by a past scarred by madness and violence. Benet, stricken by the most grievous loss any woman can bear. Carol, trapped in a life of crushing drabness no lover can change. Three mothers joined by a single thread of terror, whirled into a spiral of kidnapping, murder, and a final, reckless affirmation of love.

Book:A Judgement in Stone

A Judgement in Stone

Ruth Rendell

What on earth could have provoked a modern day St. Valentine’s Day massacre?

On Valentine’s Day, four members of the Coverdale family—George, Jacqueline, Melinda and Giles—were murdered in the space of 15 minutes. Their housekeeper, Eunice Parchman, shot them, one by one, in the blue light of a televised performance of Don Giovanni. When Detective Chief Superintendent William Vetch arrests Miss Parchman two weeks later, he discovers a second tragedy: the key to the Valentine’s Day massacre hidden within a private humiliation Eunice Parchman has guarded all her life.  A brilliant rendering of character, motive, and the heady discovery of truth, A Judgement in Stone is among Ruth Rendell’s finest psychological thrillers.

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