A stranger lures a child into his car with the promise of sweets. A young man spots his fiancee's double in a public park of ill repute. An executive visits the secluded home of a former employee whose intentions are frightfully unclear. A modest soul weds the woman he rescues from suicide--only to fall victim to an unfathomable form of possessiveness...
In the eleven tales gathered in "The Fallen Curtain," Ruth Rendell--the grande dame of the literary mystery--lays bare the twisted inner workings of the unbalanced mind. Here are eleven tales of haunting psychological accuracy: the gesture that betrays a parent's madness, the childhood memory clouded with denial, the utterance that introduces the threat of violence in a situation as benign as a dinner date. Instantly engaging, maddeningly addictive, "The Fallen Curtain" testifies to the enduring talents of a master of the genre.
About the Author
Edgar Award winning author Ruth Rendell (b. 1930) has written more than seventy books and sold more than twenty million copies worldwide. A fellow of the Royal Society of Literature (London), she is the recipient of the Grand Master Award from the Mystery Writers of America and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Crime Writers Association. Rendell s award-winning novels include "A Demon in My View" (1976), "A Dark-Adapted Eye "(1987), and "King Solomon s Carpet "(1991). Her popular crime stories featuring Chief Inspector Reginald Wexford were adapted into a long-running British television series (1987 2000) starring George Baker.
"Rendell transcends the mystery genre and achieves something almost sublime."- Los Angeles Times
"One of the best concoctors of plots since the early Agatha Christie."- Daily Telegraph, London
"Ruth Rendell leads the field."- The Observer