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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (7 May 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141040432
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141040431
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 172,446 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ruth Rendell has won many awards, including the Crime Writers' Association Gold Dagger for 1976's best crime novel with A Demon in My View; a second Edgar in 1984 from the Mystery Writers of America for the best short story, 'The New Girl Friend'; and a Gold Dagger award for Live Flesh in 1986. She was also the winner of the 1990 Sunday Times Literary award, as well as the Crime Writers' Association Cartier Diamond Dagger. In 1996 she was awarded the CBE and in 1997 became a Life Peer.

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'The most brilliant novelist writiing in English today' Daily Telegraph 'The tension grows... an overwhelming sense of foreboding... when the unravelling takes place, it is brilliantly unexpected and original' The Times 'I longed to know what would happen next. Towards the end the tension fairly gets you by the throat' Sunday Express

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Barbara Vine is the pen-name of Ruth Rendell. She has written fourteen novels using this pseudonym, including A Fatal Inversion and King Solomon's Carpet which both won the Crime Writers' Association Gold Dagger Award. All her books are available in Penguin. Ruth Rendell sits in the House of Lords as a Labour peer. She lives in Maida Vale, London.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Lis on 11 Aug. 2005
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A great book! I do prefer her writing as Barabara Vine rather than Ruth Rendell, it must be said.
This offering is typical of Vine: more than a bit odd, creepy, an exploration of the darker aspects of human nature. It's fantastically well-written, and grabs a hold of you right from the beginning. Vine introduces her characters one by one, and gradually fills in the spaces in between them, all the way up to the very last page, when the whole story falls so perfectly and neatly into place.
It's a chilling tale in parts, one in which London's Tube network becomes a veritable protagonist, a true player in the story. Vine clearly did her homework before creating this fine book, so as to give the reader all the details one needs to *be* there, in the book. Only when one's one imagination can paint a more vivid picture does she merely sketch an outline for the reader to fill in.
I read this book whilst on holiday, enjoying the Maui sun. But it took me all the way to London, to the suburbs, to the bustling Underground stations, and to the frightening darkness of the deep line Tube tunnels. Truly exemplary writing!
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 4 April 2001
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I think this is my favourite Vine novel. From its tragic opening to its end it concerns itself with the people and the places of the London Underground. The often bizarre and pathological relationships between the characters make the book a tense exploration of psychological abnormality,and there's a wonderful eccentricity in the atmosphere that combined with a really original plot development and brilliant ending makes this a great read.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 16 May 2001
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I read it last Xmas and it's a cracker!!! It has all the hallmarks of Vine - weirdness, suspense, ordinary characters doing extraordinary things and she's put a huge amount of research into it. I was hooked from beginning to end. I loved the way it focusses on a lot of characters and their stories are all sort of drawn together. When I say Pulp Fiction on London Underground, that'snot being derogatory...as I'd compare it to Tarrantino's film Pulp Fiction in how the disparate tales come together. I'm a bit biased as I have a love hate relationship with the tube.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By E M on 25 Nov. 2009
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I've read pretty well all of the Ruth Rendell novels and most of the Barbara Vines, but having just read this one (it somehow escaped me) I have to say it's really the best Vine book. She's at the height of her powers here, describing London and the underground and all the strange people she's created so beautifully, and at the same time turning up the tension with exquisite timing. If you liked The House Of Stairs, you'll love this, it's actually rather better!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on 21 July 2013
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this woman can weave such a story and a plot with so many lives overlapping each other this book is impossible to put down. brilliant read
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By Anne Watt on 31 Mar. 2014
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This novel has a slightly unusual structure, in that it merges facts about the London Underground with a story in which the Tube could be said to be a protagonist.
As is usual with Ruth Rendell, the story has quite a few strange, eccentric and menacing characters. She is a master at creating suspense. I read this while commuting to and from work, and was often annoyed when I reached my stop!

The only reason I gave this 4 stars is that so few of the characters are sympathetic-with the exception of 'trainspotter'Jarvis. and the two elderly friends-Cecelia and Daphne- the others are so self absorbed and/or controlling that one loses any sympathy for them..As always, Ms.Rendell's social observations are unsparing in portraying casual neglect and indifference.
Definitely, a very good read!
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By June Barr on 25 Mar. 2014
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As usual Ruth Rendell excels herself writing under the name Barbara Vine.. always twist at the end and gripping story.
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By Evelyn Lake on 9 Feb. 2014
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A good story with interesting facts about the underground. This sums it up, but you require more words from me - why?
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