Winner of the Crime Writers Association Gold Dagger Award for Best Crime Novel of the Year in 1986, this is a chilling insight into the mind of the criminally insane, from the world's greatest living crime writer. Perfect for fans of Rendell's chilling psychological thrillers, including Thirteen Steps Down and Adam and Eve and Pinch Me.
Ruth Rendell was an exceptional crime writer, and will be remembered as a legend in her own lifetime. Her groundbreaking debut novel, From Doon With Death, was first published in 1964 and introduced the reader to her enduring and popular detective, Inspector Reginald Wexford, who went on to feature in twenty-four of her subsequent novels. With worldwide sales of approximately 20 million copies, Rendell was a regular Sunday Times bestseller. Her sixty bestselling novels include police procedurals, some of which have been successfully adapted for TV, stand-alone psychological mysteries, and a third strand of crime novels under the pseudonym Barbara Vine. Very much abreast of her times, the Wexford books in particular often engaged with social or political issues close to her heart. Rendell won numerous awards, including the Crime Writers' Association Gold Dagger for 1976's best crime novel with A Demon in My View, a Gold Dagger award for Live Flesh in 1986, and the Sunday Times Literary Award in 1990. In 2013 she was awarded the Crime Writers' Association Cartier Diamond Dagger for sustained excellence in crime writing. In 1996 she was awarded the CBE and in 1997 became a Life Peer. Ruth Rendell died in May 2015. Her final novel, Dark Corners, is scheduled for publication in October 2015
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 *