Make Death Love Me

Make Death Love Me

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by Ruth Rendell
     
 

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A Ruth Rendell mystery, first published in 1979 and shortlisted for the Edgar Allan Poe Award for best crime novel in 1980.

Alan Groombridge is trapped. Husband to a woman he doesn't like, father to two children he never wanted, and manager of a tiny branch of the Anglian-Victoria bank, he is doomed to a life of domestic boredom and tedious routine. All that

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A Ruth Rendell mystery, first published in 1979 and shortlisted for the Edgar Allan Poe Award for best crime novel in 1980.

Alan Groombridge is trapped. Husband to a woman he doesn't like, father to two children he never wanted, and manager of a tiny branch of the Anglian-Victoria bank, he is doomed to a life of domestic boredom and tedious routine. All that keeps him afloat is his one fantasy: stealing enough of the bank's money to allow him just one year of freedom - one year in which to live a different sort of life.

But one day the bank is robbed, the manager and cashier disappear and what was once a place of dull and dreary repetition becomes the scene of a brutal, chilling nightmare that might never end...


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EBOOK COMMENTARY
Originally published in 1979, this grand tale is timeless and wonderfully ironic, as is Rendell's strength. In this intricately plotted novel we meet ordinary people, like the harried and unhappy bank manager Alan Groombridge, his teller Joyce, and the two inept bank robbers who take them out of their doldrums for all time. The story progresses along two lines, which of course converge at the end, violently and unexpectedly. The facts of the matter, as interpreted by the police and press after the final scene, are not at all what really happened, and it is somehow satisfying to be in on the truth when these worthies are not. The reading by Ric Jerrom is excellent, light and well paced (and British), with just the right touch of surprise, bewilderment, confusion, and terror. A fine addition to any popular collection; sure to be enjoyed.--Harriet Edwards, East Meadow P.L., NY Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.\
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Originally published in 1979, this grand tale is timeless and wonderfully ironic, as is Rendell's strength. In this intricately plotted novel we meet ordinary people, like the harried and unhappy bank manager Alan Groombridge, his teller Joyce, and the two inept bank robbers who take them out of their doldrums for all time. The story progresses along two lines, which of course converge at the end, violently and unexpectedly. The facts of the matter, as interpreted by the police and press after the final scene, are not at all what really happened, and it is somehow satisfying to be in on the truth when these worthies are not. The reading by Ric Jerrom is excellent, light and well paced (and British), with just the right touch of surprise, bewilderment, confusion, and terror. A fine addition to any popular collection; sure to be enjoyed.--Harriet Edwards, East Meadow P.L., NY Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.\

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781407070827
Publisher:
RANDOM HOUSE
Publication date:
08/03/2010
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
546,557
File size:
287 KB

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Meet the Author

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


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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Make Death Love Me 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
redhood More than 1 year ago
Tough characters and a good plot make this an entertaining read.
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Without humor and less than happy endings. She has a faithful following though i wonder who wrote her last books. Who might be continuing them as she been on thebook lists a long time
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Here?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would say too big but they are never too big!! Liquid heat is dripping at my puzzy