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Heartstones (Harper Short Novel Series) Hardcover – May 1987


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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Harpercollins (May 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060157577
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060157579
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 14.5 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,456,157 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ruth Rendell was an exceptional crime writer, and will be remembered as a legend in her own lifetime. Her groundbreaking debut novel, From Doon With Death, was first published in 1964 and introduced the reader to her enduring and popular detective, Inspector Reginald Wexford, who went on to feature in twenty-four of her subsequent novels.

With worldwide sales of approximately 20 million copies, Rendell was a regular Sunday Times bestseller. Her sixty bestselling novels include police procedurals, some of which have been successfully adapted for TV, stand-alone psychological mysteries, and a third strand of crime novels under the pseudonym Barbara Vine. Very much abreast of her times, the Wexford books in particular often engaged with social or political issues close to her heart.

Rendell won numerous awards, including the Crime Writers' Association Gold Dagger for 1976's best crime novel with A Demon in My View, a Gold Dagger award for Live Flesh in 1986, and the Sunday Times Literary Award in 1990. In 2013 she was awarded the Crime Writers' Association Cartier Diamond Dagger for sustained excellence in crime writing. In 1996 she was awarded the CBE and in 1997 became a Life Peer.

Ruth Rendell died in May 2015. Her final novel, Dark Corners, is scheduled for publication in October 2015.

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About the Author

Ruth Rendell was an exceptional crime writer, and will be remembered as a legend in her own lifetime. Her groundbreaking debut novel, From Doon With Death, was first published in 1964 and introduced the reader to her enduring and popular detective, Inspector Reginald Wexford, who went on to feature in twenty-four of her subsequent novels. With worldwide sales of approximately 20 million copies, Rendell was a regular Sunday Times bestseller. Her sixty bestselling novels include police procedurals, some of which have been successfully adapted for TV, stand-alone psychological mysteries, and a third strand of crime novels under the pseudonym Barbara Vine. Very much abreast of her times, the Wexford books in particular often engaged with social or political issues close to her heart. Rendell won numerous awards, including the Crime Writers' Association Gold Dagger for 1976's best crime novel with A Demon in My View, a Gold Dagger award for Live Flesh in 1986, and the Sunday Times Literary Award in 1990. In 2013 she was awarded the Crime Writers' Association Cartier Diamond Dagger for sustained excellence in crime writing. In 1996 she was awarded the CBE and in 1997 became a Life Peer. Ruth Rendell died in May 2015. Her final novel, Dark Corners, is scheduled for publication in October 2015 --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth on 28 Sept. 2004
Format: Hardcover
I've read many of Ruth Rendell's novels and short stories and this is one of my favorites. The narrator is a disturbed teenage girl with a difficult father, it's very compelling and a quick read. I think it's one of the scariest stories I've read; the ending is terrifying.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By shoffmeister@hotmail.com on 5 April 2001
Format: Audio Cassette
This book shows the inner hatred and fear that lurks in us all. With the twist at the end the reader will never be able to forget this book. It is one that every lover of thrillers or mysteries should read and reccomend
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K K Scott on 12 July 2009
Format: Paperback
This book is terrifying. There's the elements of a great gothic: ghosts, liminality, insanity and love. You will catch yourself looking at your siblings in a new light. The audio version of this is incredible as the actress who reads the text sounds exactly like the protagonist would in your mind. This is a quick read - it kept me entertained for two sessions at the gym and is probably one of Ruth Rendall's best - on a par with her Barbara Vane book Dark Adapted Eye.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bluecashmere. TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 17 Jan. 2015
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This is a clever, totally engrossing story involving Luke and his two young daughters Elvira and Spinny. To reveal any more would risk spoiling what is almost guaranteed to be a breath-taking ride. I have never been a great Ruth Rendell enthusiast, but this is a real gem. Not a word is wasted as the tension is wound tighter and tighter. Enjoy.
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