In 1976 this acclaimed novel by Ruth Rendell was the winner of the Crime Writers Association Gold Dagger Award.
In a gloomy cellar, the figure of a palely beautiful woman makes no move when the man advances on her from the shadows, puts his hands around her neck and strangles her .
Two men rent flats in the same house, but their paths rarely cross. Arthur Johnson is quiet, 50 and a bachelor. No one knows of the dark lusts that bind Arthur to the pale lady in the cellar, that compel him to kill again and again. Anthony Johnson is a young student studying psychopathic tendencies, going to lectures and writing a thesis. His lover is trying to make up her mind whether she wants to stay with her husband or leave him to be with Anthony .
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.