The Sculptress

The Sculptress

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by Minette Walters, Sandra Burr
     
 

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Everyone knows Olive Martin, the huge and menacing woman who was found five years ago with the carved-up bodies of her mother and younger sister. Everyone knows how she pleaded guilty to murder at her trial. And everyone knows not to anger the Sculptress even now that she is safely locked in prison for a minimum of twenty-five years.

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Everyone knows Olive Martin, the huge and menacing woman who was found five years ago with the carved-up bodies of her mother and younger sister. Everyone knows how she pleaded guilty to murder at her trial. And everyone knows not to anger the Sculptress even now that she is safely locked in prison for a minimum of twenty-five years.

When Rosalind Leigh accepts a commission to write a book about Olive, she finds herself wondering what lies behind all of these facts that everyone knows. When Roz first visits her in prison, she finds that Olive is not quite what she expected. And if - as Roz is repeatedly warned - Olive lies about almost everything, then why did she confess so readily to two hideous murders? The deeper she is drawn into the shadowy world of the Sculptress, the more firmly she is convinced that Olive is hiding something - perhaps even her innocence. But whom could Olive be protecting - and why?

Editorial Reviews

Gale Research
The Sculptress won Walters the 1994 Edgar Allen Poe Award for best mystery novel, and was adapted and broadcast on public television in England and the United States.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This Edgar Award-winning mystery turns on the relationship between a troubled journalist and a woman convicted of a gruesome murder. (Oct.)
Library Journal
There are many excellent British actresses who regularly read audiobook productions; so with all the talent available, why did the producer choose an American to read this very British thriller? Sandra Burr handles the dialog with an adequate accent but lapses into American pronunciation for the narrative. The shifts vary from distracting to irritating. The deficiencies in the narration are unfortunate because the story is a good one: Rosalind Leigh is a writer assigned to investigate a sensational murder case. Olive Marting has been sentenced to life imprisonment for the grisly murders of her mother and sister. Roz finds the woman to be sane and comes to believe that Olive is innocent. The Sculptress is a compelling tale of psychological suspense that will appeal to fans of Ruth Rendell. Larger collections may consider purchase.-Nann Blaine Hilyard, Fargo P.L., N.D.
Kirkus Reviews
Walters follows her dark debut, The Ice House (1992), with the even more striking tale of enormous, unloved Olive Martin, serving a life sentence after confessing to killing and dismembering her mother and sister. Rosalind Leigh, dispatched to interview Olive in prison preparatory to writing a book about the case, finds her unnervingly unrepentant, but finds as well suspicious discrepancies between her confession and the evidence of the crime scene and other witnesses. More and more convinced of Olive's innocence, Roz joins forces with Hal Hawksley—the retired arresting officer whose restaurant has come in for some mysteriously hard times—to dig up whomever Olive's been covering up for. The search will bring Roz up against some singularly nasty neighbors, a brace of spineless lovers, a supremely dysfunctional family—and a denouement whose horrors are touched with unexpected compassion. Walters brings a shivery mastery to the old-fashioned British whodunit, with plotting as twisted as the characters' secrets.

From the Publisher
"Walters mesmerizes with a sleek, exciting tale...stunning in its intensity...powerful."—Booklist

"A dark, superbly plotted tale guaranteed to keep readers up most of the night."—The Denver Post

"Creepy but compulsive...hard to put down."—The New York Times Book Review

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781561003983
Publisher:
Brilliance Audio
Publication date:
12/28/1994
Edition description:
Abridged

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