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Portobello by Ruth Rendell
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A slow start, and atypical, in that it's not as dark and scary as others by Rendell. Nevertheless, a decent novel of psychological suspense. Four disparate main characters come together over the loss and finding of a packet of money in the street. Eugene Wren, a middle aged art dealer finds the cash and his ad attracts Lance, a young slacker, who hopes to con Eugene and meanwhile case his house. The person who rally lost the cash turns out to be Joel Roseman, a disturbed loner who becomes the patient of Eugene's girlfriend, Ella, a GP. All of the action is set in and around the Portobello Road, which ties all of the characters together. Rendell doesn't succeed in bringing the area to life. Bad with settings, good with people.
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