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A brilliantly dark and sinister novel of psychological suspense by Ruth Rendell, 'unequivocally the most brilliant crime-writer of our time' (Patricia Cornwell).
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, was published in October 2015.
Her absence is keenly felt. But we do have this mesmeric book . . .
It's a felicitous last hurrah for Rendell -- Barry Forshaw *
Independent, Books of the Year *
It enjoyably and honourably concludes Rendell's six decades of exploring the death force that, as her last book demonstrates, may be triggered in unexpected people and places. - Mark Lawson * Guardian, Books of the Year *
Dark Corners is written in a deceptively simple manner, and at times it reads like a twisted fairytale. It leaves an uneasiness behind like a dark stain on the consciousness . . . The violence of Dark Corners is the violence that stems from the mundane and the ordinary, and it is all the more frightening because of that. * Independent *
Everything that makes Rendell's work so memorable - gothic but believable people and plots, simple yet vivid prose, peerlessly rendered settings, and fear and despair as the twin 'parents' of violence - is in evidence here. * Publishers Weekly *
Another of Rendell's penetrating studies of ordinary people trapped in extraordinary circumstances . . . her countless admirers will seize on it with delight. * Literary Review *