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Tigerlily's Orchidsby Ruth Rendell
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Now in paperback from “unequivocally the most brilliant mystery writer of our time,” (Patricia Cornwell) a psychologically thrilling novel about the eccentric inhabitants of a London apartment building, the secrets they keep, and what they will do to hide them.
When Stuart Font decides to throw a housewarming party in his new flat, he invites all the people in his building—three flippant young girls, a lonely spinster, a man with a passion for classical history, and a woman determined to drink herself to death. After some deliberation, he even includes the unpleasant caretaker and his wife. There are a few other friends he’d considered inviting, but he definitely does not want his girlfriend Claudia there as he would also have to invite her lawyer husband. As it turns out, the party will be one everyone remembers.
Living in a building opposite Stuart’s, in reclusive isolation, is a young, beautiful Asian woman, known as Tigerlily. As though from some strange urban fairytale, she emerges infrequently, to exert a terrible spell. And Stuart’s worried parents have even more cause for concern about their handsome but hopelessly naive and under-motivated son.
Darkly humorous and piercingly observant of human behavior, Ruth Rendell has created an extraordinarily compelling story of our lives and crimes.
IS IT DANGEROUS TO KNOW TOO MUCH ABOUT YOUR NEIGHBORS?
When Stuart Font throws a housewarming party, he invites all the residents of his new building—among them, three flippant young girls, a lonely spinster, a man with a passion for classical history, and a woman determined to drink herself to death. He definitely does not want his girlfriend, Claudia, in attendance, as he would also have to invite her lawyer husband. But careful planning can only get a person so far. As it turns out, this party will be one everyone remembers.
Meanwhile, living in a town house opposite Stuart’s building, in reclusive isolation, is a young, beautiful Asian woman known as Tigerlily. As though from some strange urban fairy tale, she emerges infrequently to exert a terrible spell.
In Tigerlily’s Orchids, Ruth Rendell has written a darkly humorous and psychologically thrilling novel about the eccentric inhabitants of a London terrace—about the secrets they keep, and what they will do to hide them.
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 forty years, with more than sixty books published. A member of the House of Lords, she lives in London.
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