The dazzling new novel from Ruth Rendell. When the bones of two severed hands are discovered in a box, an investigation into a long buried crime of passion begins. And a group of friends, who played together as children, begin to question their past.
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
"The Girl Next Door is vintage Rendell and a perfect celebration of
her half-century. She's so effortlessly prolific that it's easy to
take her for granted; we assume that if we miss one of her books,
there'll be another one along in a minute. This novel, however,
reminded me of the singularity of Ruth Rendell's talent, her
effortless mastery of language and her uncanny genius for mapping a
criminal mind." * The Times *
"Rendell is as masterful as ever; her writing tense, brittle, and brilliant." * Sunday Mirror *
"She is the peer of Kingsley Amis and Muriel Spark. The Girl Next Door is as great a novel as Stanley and the Women or Memento Mori . . . a joy to read. Rendell's novels establish a sense of order that is deeply satisfying." * Evening Standard *
"Fifty years on, the girl from Essex has become the unchallenged crime queen of suburbia. Her powers of observation are as acute as ever, and she writes about old age with as much gusto as any of the subjects she has tackled in her long career." * Sunday Times *
"This book is extraordinarily courageous, a demonstration that fiction can take us where reportage dares not go." * Independent *