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