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"Powerfully claustrophobic" Guardian "Ruth Rendell shows an unparalleled understanding of human evil." -- John Mortimer Sunday Times "Compelling, disturbing and masterfully written." The Times "Rendell knows how to make your hair stand up straight on your head" Maeve Binchy "There are quite a few Ruth Rendells: the doyenne of the traditional English detective novel; the queen of the psychological thriller; the celebrated author of the literary thriller" Mail on Sunday
Ruth Rendell is the Queen of British crime writing. The author of over 50 novels, she has won many significant crime fiction awards. Her first novel, From Doon With Death, appeared in 1964, and since then her reputation and readership have grown steadily with each new book. She has received major awards for her work; three Edgars from the Mystery Writers of America; the Crime Writers' Gold Dagger Award for 1976's best crime novel, A Demon in My View; the Arts Council National Book Award for Genre Fiction in 1981 for The Lake of Darkness; the Crime Writer's Gold Dagger Award for 1986's best crime book for Live Flesh; in 1987 the Crime Writer's Gold Dagger Award for A Fatal Inversion and in 1991 the same award for King Solomon's Carpet, both written under the pseudonym Barbara Vine; the Sunday Times Literary Award in 1990; and in 1991 the Crime Writer's Cartier Diamond Award for outstanding contribution to the crime fiction genre. Her books are translated into 21 languages. In 1996 she was awarded the CBE and in 1997 became a Life Peer.
This has got to be the most boring book I have ever, ever read. Just look at the pages with solid text - nothing but tell, tell, tell - how about a bit of showing to make the story... Read morePublished on Jan. 15 2011 by Geta
Rendell is always touted as the best living mystery writer. She's one of the best writers, period. An amazing display of getting into the delusionary mind of a criminal and making... Read morePublished on March 13 2000 by Dave Goldberg
If you've never read Rendell, this is as good a place to start as any. No writer I know of can surpass Ruth Rendell in consistently pulling the rug out from under the reader. Read morePublished on Sept. 18 1999