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Why adults should never indulge in child's play... A psychologically disturbing story from the world's greatest mystery writer and author of bestselling crime thrillers, including Thirteen Steps Down.
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
Ian and Mungo Cameron, Charles Mabledene, and Graham O'Neill are pecocious London schoolboys who enjoy a sophisticated game of devising, exchanging, and translating coded messages. Conventionally middle-class John Creevey becomes obsessed with intercepting and deciphering these messages even as he plots revenge on his estranged wife, Jennifer, and her lover, Peter Moran, an intellectual ne'er-do-well pederast. An intriguing subplot deals with the long-unsolved murder of John's sister, Cherry. Prolific novelist Rendell has brilliantly interwoven these compelling strands into one masterful tale of suspense. Ronald L. Coombs, SUNY Downstate Medical Ctr. Lib., Brooklyn, N.Y.
YA Another compelling novel of psychological suspense from Rendell. The characters, a group of teenage boys playing espionage games and a lonely man facing his wife's desertion, are introduced through a first-person narrative which at first barely allows readers to understand how they relate to each other. Slowly the characters' lives become intertwined through the discovery of secret messages and unsolved codes. The suspense builds as readers realize that the misconceptions that each character holds can lead to disaster and that the teenage espionage games actually deal with a man's life. A wonderful novel that will intrigue young adult readers. Susan Penny, Houston Public Library
"Strange, disturbing, seductive" * Newsweek * "Stunningly clever - another notable example of Miss Rendell's ingenuity and versatility" * Spectator * "Rendell knows how to make your hair stand up straight on your head" * Maeve Binchy * "The mistress of mystery" * Daily Mirror * "Ruth Rendell is not only the finest crime novelist there is, but one of the finest novelists writing in the English language" * Scotsman *