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Blood Lines: Long and Short Stories
     

Blood Lines: Long and Short Stories

by Ruth Rendell
 

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A sinister evening of poetry and undying love...the ordinary girl miraculously lucky to be married to an absolutely perfect man...a spurned husband with a wicked new spin on the game of snooping...a lonely, reclusive woman who finds family and redemption in the strangest of circumstances.

These are only some of the eleven delightfully disturbing

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A sinister evening of poetry and undying love...the ordinary girl miraculously lucky to be married to an absolutely perfect man...a spurned husband with a wicked new spin on the game of snooping...a lonely, reclusive woman who finds family and redemption in the strangest of circumstances.

These are only some of the eleven delightfully disturbing tales—which include the further adventures of Chief Inspector Wexford—by Ruth Rendell. Since her first novel in 1964, Ruth Rendell's internationally acclaimed imagination and award winning style have fascinated legions of readers.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This riveting group of stories puts the reader into familiar Rendell territory; not just the burgeoning villages of Kingsmarkham and Stowerton that Chief Constable Wexford and his assistant, Mike Burden, call their own, but the territory of the mind. Psychological twists evolve from characters who range from the mildly eccentric ("In All Honesty") to the truly mad ("Shreds and Slivers"). Rendell's deft touch and keen insight (and sometimes wry wit) can wring abject horror from even the smallest vignette. The compulsive shopper of "Clothes" experiences a total emotional collapse. In "Unacceptable Levels," is the caring young woman really trying to kill her lover? The longer title story brings back the uxorious Wexford and the grimly judgmental Burden who solve a bludgeoning death in their usual manner: dogged police work rewarded with a flash of insight. The true gem of the collection is "The Strawberry Tree," a chilling tale filled with foreboding and graced by a final, unexpected redemption. These finely constructed and intense stories will serve Rendell's fans, accustomed to her substantial volumes like last year's Simisola, as a tasty appetizer, heightening their anticipation of the heartier fare to come in her next novel. (June)
Library Journal
This collection of contemporary, subtle, and sometimes horrific stories by that most cerebral of English mystery writers, Rendell (e.g., Put On by Cunning, LJ 6/1/96), is a listener's delight. A cast of readers including Michael Page and Sharon Williams represent a chorus of perfect voices performing the various tales, which range from country working-class acts of passion to restrained, clinical murder among calculating members of Britain's upper crust. One story, "Unacceptable Levels," is so subtle that listeners may find themselves rewinding their cassettes in order to catch the unspoken murder plot. Another, "The Strawberry Tree," is beautiful in its pacing, as slow and embracing as a Majorcan breeze from the island upon which the story is set. The Rendell style has never been more affecting than here. Recommended.Mark P. Tierney, The World Bank, Washington, D.C.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780754075103
Publisher:
Chivers North America
Publication date:
12/28/1997
Edition description:
Unabridged
Product dimensions:
4.39(w) x 5.58(h) x 2.06(d)

Meet the Author

Ruth Rendell is the recipient of several awards, including three Edgars and four Gold Daggers from the UK's Crime Writers' Association. Simisola, Blood Lines, Keys to the Street, and The Brimstone Wedding (written as Barbara Vine) are available from Brilliance Audio. She lives in England.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
February 17, 1930
Place of Birth:
London, England
Education:
Loughton County High School for Girls, Essex

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