Talking to Strange Men

Talking to Strange Men

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by Ruth Rendell
     
 

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Safe houses and secret message drops, double crosses and defections — it sounds like the stuff of sophisticated espionage, but the agents are only schoolboys engaged in harmless play. But John Creevey doesn't know this. To him, the messages he decodes with painstaking care are the communications of dangerous and evil men, and as he comes face to face with the

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Safe houses and secret message drops, double crosses and defections — it sounds like the stuff of sophisticated espionage, but the agents are only schoolboys engaged in harmless play. But John Creevey doesn't know this. To him, the messages he decodes with painstaking care are the communications of dangerous and evil men, and as he comes face to face with the fact of his beloved wife Jennifer's defection, he begins to see a way to get back at the man she left him for. And soon the schoolboys are playing more than just a game . . .

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Library Journal
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.
School Library Journal
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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780345351746
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/12/1988
Pages:
328
Product dimensions:
4.18(w) x 6.90(h) x 0.87(d)

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