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Thirteen Steps Down

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Publisher Comments:

Mix Cellini has just moved into a flat in a decaying house in Nottinghill, where he plans to pursue his two abiding passions — supermodel Nerissa Nash, whom he worships from afar, and the life of serial killer Reggie Christie, hanged fifty years earlier for murdering at least eight women. Gwendolen Chawcer, Mix's eighty-year-old landlady, has few interests beside her old books and her new tenant. But she does have an intriguing connection to Christie. And when reality intrudes into Mix's life, he turns to Christie for inspiration and a long pent-up violence explodes. Intricately plotted and brilliantly written, Thirteen Steps Down enters the minds of these disparate people as they move inexorably toward its breathtaking conclusion.

Review:

"British veteran Rendell (The Rottweiler) delivers the best novel she's written in years, featuring elderly Gwendolen Chawcer and her younger tenant-in-the-attic, 'Mix' Cellini. The unlikely housemates share St. Blaise House, Chawcer's rotting London mansion, full of many generations of dead insects and past dreams of upper-middle-class glory. Both Chawcer and Cellini are looking for love in all the wrong places. Boozy, delusional Cellini — who earns his keep fixing fitness equipment and is a 'fan' of real-life murderer Harold Christie — obsesses about supermodel Nerissa Nash. He'll do anything to snag her attention and assume his 'rightful' place as her husband. The Miss Havisham-like Chawcer pines for Dr. Stephen Reeves, whom she last saw when he attended her dying mother in 1953. Cellini spins out of control first, killing a clingy, 'unworthy' date, then hiding her beneath the floorboards in his apartment. Rendell exhibits all her trademark virtues: vivid characters, a plot addictive as crack and a sense of place unequaled in crime fiction. Agent, Peter Matson at Sterling Lord Literistic." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"Rendell...infuses her main character's schemes with so much atmosphere and even compassion that readers will find the tale achingly suspenseful and realistic." Booklist

Review:

"Masterful, as usual. No one does evil better." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"The elements of surprise, combined with the richness of the story, make Thirteen Steps Down a riveting and seductive read." Denver Post

Review:

"[A] likable, solid novel by one of the greats, and although it may not be one of Rendell's masterworks, it's still likely to be one of the top crime novels of the year." Rocky Mountain News

Review:

"[F]lawed yet fascinating novel." Washington Post

Review:

"[T]rue to form, Rendell throws in several surprises at the story's end. Fans will clamor for this one; recommended." Library Journal

Review:

"Artfully constructed and masterfully executed, Thirteen Steps Down provides ample evidence why Ruth Rendell has gained an ardent fan base among such literary giants as Toni Morrison, Sue Grafton and Stephen King." San Diego Union-Tribune

Review:

"Thirteen Steps Down is filled with black comedy, ironies, deceptions and surprise, although sometimes what appears to be illusion (or delusion) turns out to be the real thing." Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Review:

"Rendell will keep readers glued to Thirteen Steps Down. For those who don't know her, it's a perfect introduction. For those who do, it's a welcome addition to her work." Detroit Free Press

Synopsis:

From the multi-award-winning author of The Babes in the Wood and The Rottweiler, comes a chilling new novel about obsession, superstition, and violence. Mix Cellini's sharp-eyed landlady senses that his obsession with a model is taking a dark and dangerous turn.

Synopsis:

From the multi-award-winning author of The Babes in the Wood and The Rottweiler, a chilling new novel about obsession, superstition, and violence, set in Rendell's darkly atmospheric London.

Mix Cellini (which he pronounces with an 'S' rather than a 'C') is superstitious about the number 13. In musty old St. Blaise House, where he is the lodger, there are thirteen steps down to the landing

below his rooms, which he keeps spick and span. His elderly landlady, Gwendolen Chawcer, was born in St. Blaise House, and lives her life almost exclusively through her library of books, so cannot see the decay and neglect around her.

The Notting Hill neighbourhood has changed radically over the last fifty years, and 10 Rillington Place, where the notorious John Christie committed a series of foul murders, has been torn down.

Mix is obsessed with the life of Christie and his small library is composed entirely of books on the subject. He has also developed a passion for a beautiful model who lives nearby — a woman who would not look at him twice.

Both landlady and lodger inhabit weird worlds of their own. But when reality intrudes into Mix's life, a long pent-up violence explodes.

About the Author

Ruth Rendell has won numerous awards, including three Edgars, the highest accolade from Mystery Writers of America, and three Gold Daggers, one Silver Dagger, and a Diamond Dagger for outstanding contribution to the genre from England's prestigious Crime Writer's Association. She lives in London.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781400095902
Author:
Rendell, Ruth
Publisher:
Vintage Books USA
Subject:
Psychological
Subject:
Suspense
Subject:
Serial murders
Subject:
Murderers
Subject:
Psychological fiction
Subject:
Suspense fiction
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Number:
Reprint ed.
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage Crime/Black Lizard
Publication Date:
June 6, 2006
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
A.&quot; --<i>Entertainment Weekly</i><br><br>&quo
Language:
English
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
8 x 5.27 x .83 in .59 lb

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Product details 368 pages Vintage Books USA - English 9781400095902 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "British veteran Rendell (The Rottweiler) delivers the best novel she's written in years, featuring elderly Gwendolen Chawcer and her younger tenant-in-the-attic, 'Mix' Cellini. The unlikely housemates share St. Blaise House, Chawcer's rotting London mansion, full of many generations of dead insects and past dreams of upper-middle-class glory. Both Chawcer and Cellini are looking for love in all the wrong places. Boozy, delusional Cellini — who earns his keep fixing fitness equipment and is a 'fan' of real-life murderer Harold Christie — obsesses about supermodel Nerissa Nash. He'll do anything to snag her attention and assume his 'rightful' place as her husband. The Miss Havisham-like Chawcer pines for Dr. Stephen Reeves, whom she last saw when he attended her dying mother in 1953. Cellini spins out of control first, killing a clingy, 'unworthy' date, then hiding her beneath the floorboards in his apartment. Rendell exhibits all her trademark virtues: vivid characters, a plot addictive as crack and a sense of place unequaled in crime fiction. Agent, Peter Matson at Sterling Lord Literistic." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Rendell...infuses her main character's schemes with so much atmosphere and even compassion that readers will find the tale achingly suspenseful and realistic."
"Review" by , "Masterful, as usual. No one does evil better."
"Review" by , "The elements of surprise, combined with the richness of the story, make Thirteen Steps Down a riveting and seductive read."
"Review" by , "[A] likable, solid novel by one of the greats, and although it may not be one of Rendell's masterworks, it's still likely to be one of the top crime novels of the year."
"Review" by , "[F]lawed yet fascinating novel."
"Review" by , "[T]rue to form, Rendell throws in several surprises at the story's end. Fans will clamor for this one; recommended."
"Review" by , "Artfully constructed and masterfully executed, Thirteen Steps Down provides ample evidence why Ruth Rendell has gained an ardent fan base among such literary giants as Toni Morrison, Sue Grafton and Stephen King."
"Review" by , "Thirteen Steps Down is filled with black comedy, ironies, deceptions and surprise, although sometimes what appears to be illusion (or delusion) turns out to be the real thing."
"Review" by , "Rendell will keep readers glued to Thirteen Steps Down. For those who don't know her, it's a perfect introduction. For those who do, it's a welcome addition to her work."
"Synopsis" by , From the multi-award-winning author of The Babes in the Wood and The Rottweiler, comes a chilling new novel about obsession, superstition, and violence. Mix Cellini's sharp-eyed landlady senses that his obsession with a model is taking a dark and dangerous turn.
"Synopsis" by , From the multi-award-winning author of The Babes in the Wood and The Rottweiler, a chilling new novel about obsession, superstition, and violence, set in Rendell's darkly atmospheric London.

Mix Cellini (which he pronounces with an 'S' rather than a 'C') is superstitious about the number 13. In musty old St. Blaise House, where he is the lodger, there are thirteen steps down to the landing

below his rooms, which he keeps spick and span. His elderly landlady, Gwendolen Chawcer, was born in St. Blaise House, and lives her life almost exclusively through her library of books, so cannot see the decay and neglect around her.

The Notting Hill neighbourhood has changed radically over the last fifty years, and 10 Rillington Place, where the notorious John Christie committed a series of foul murders, has been torn down.

Mix is obsessed with the life of Christie and his small library is composed entirely of books on the subject. He has also developed a passion for a beautiful model who lives nearby — a woman who would not look at him twice.

Both landlady and lodger inhabit weird worlds of their own. But when reality intrudes into Mix's life, a long pent-up violence explodes.

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