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The Fallen Curtain: Storiesby Ruth Rendell
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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. Anexecutive 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 ofpossessiveness...
In the eleven tales gathered in The Fallen Curtain, Ruth Rendell--the grande dame of the literary mystery--lays barethe 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 utterancethat 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 ofthe genre.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
Psychological insights are shared in an Edgar Award-winning collection of tales about guilt and recrimination, obsessive fears, mental derangement, and the macabre. Reprint. 12,500 first printing.
A stranger lures a child into his car with the promise of sweets. A young man spots his fianc??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 lays bare the twisted inner workings of the unbalanced mind.
About the Author
Ruth Rendell is the author of Road Rage, The Keys to the Street, Bloodlines, Simisola, and The Crocodile Bird. She is the winner of the Mystery Writers of America Grand Master Award. She is also the recipient of three Edgars from the Mystery Writers of America and four Gold Daggers from Great Britain’s Crime Writers Association. In 1997, she was named a life peer in the House of Lords. Ruth Rendell also writes mysteries under the name of Barbara Vine, of which A Dark Adapted Eye is the most famous. She lives in England.
Table of Contents
The fallen curtain — People don't do such things — A bad heart — You can't be too careful — The double — Venus' fly-trap — His worst enemy — The vinegar mother — The fall of a coin — Almost human — Divided we stand.
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