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Thirteen Steps Down by Ruth Rendell
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Feb 05, 2009

Rendell has won almost every coveted mystery prize, and in Britain she is bested only by P. D. James, to whom she dedicates this book. But her following in America is smaller, and her publisher is betting on 13 Steps Down to change that (of course, it's bet on this in the past as well). The novel's fascinating characters, swift pace, unflappable tone, and inside look into a murderer's remorseless mind will intrigue most readers. Chawcer evoked comparisons to Dickens's Miss Havisham and even Dostoevsky's old woman in Crime and Punishment. A whimpering ending may bother some.

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