The Crocodile Bird

The Crocodile Bird

by Ruth Rendell

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780440218654
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/28/1994
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 794,041
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.80(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Ruth Rendell is the author of Road Rage, The Keys to the Street, Bloodlines, Simisola, and The Crocodile Bird. She is the winner of the Mystery Writers of America Grand Master Award. She is also the recipient of three Edgars from the Mystery Writers of America and four Gold Daggers from Great Britain’s Crime Writers Association. In 1997, she was named a life peer in the House of Lords. Rendell also writes mysteries under the name of Barbara Vine, of which A Dark-Adapted Eye is the most famous. She lives in England.

Date of Birth:

February 17, 1930

Place of Birth:

London, England


Loughton County High School for Girls, Essex

What People are Saying About This

Scott Turow

"Billiant mystery...extraordinary depth and accurancy of (Ruth Rendell's) psychological portrait is matched only by the rare inventiveness of her storytelling."

Elmore Leonard

"I love the way she writes."

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Crocodile Bird 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is Rendell¿s story of a mother (Eve) that has a strange obsession with a mansion called Shrove on the English countryside. At the gatehouse there, she raises her illegitimate child, Liza, and shuts out from the outside world completely. I love this story because of the way Rendell slowly unravels the mystery of all the murders connected with the mansion, and the ups and downs of Liza¿s life. The moment I read the first word, I couldn¿t put it down until I finished. The characters were developed beautifully, their emotions seen through the eyes of Liza as a child, an adolescent, and eventually a young women. And the simple style with which Rendell described every look, movement, and action is truly amazing. No detail went unnoticed; it all came together beautifully and left me wondering when I reached the end. I loved everything about it, and would recommend it to anyone who likes a good mystery, or even just a good read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I didn't connect with the characters or feel the plot line was particularly interesting. A slow, boring story. Would have made a decent short story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very unusual premise especially in today's world. However I was totally fascinated with the plot and how it could be possible in modern day Britain--and I've lived there! I found I could not put this book down till finished!
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Another masterpiece by Ruth Rendell.