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
Ruth Rendell has won three Edgar Awards, the highest accolade from Mystery Writers of America, as well as four Gold Daggers and a Diamond Dagger for outstanding contribution to the genre from England's prestigious Crime Writers' Association. Her remarkable career has spanned more than fifty years, with more than sixty books published. A member of the House of Lords, she lives in London.
"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