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  • Paperback: 340 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Books USA; Reprint edition (6 Jun. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1400095905
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400095902
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.9 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 35 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,978,978 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Like several of Ruth Rendell's other novels of suspense, Thirteen Steps Down is a book about a couple of murders waiting to happen. Mix Cellini is a half-educated mechanic specializing in exercise machines, who indulges himself in alcohol, self-medication, celebrity-stalking and an obsession with Christie, the Rillington Place murderer. What dooms Cellini, and his victims, is not so much any active principle of evil, as selfishness and a tendency to drift into things that does the job almost as efficiently.

The house where he rents an apartment is a wonderful example of the Bad Place; his eighty-something landlady Gwendolyn is another person who drifts, in her case into nostalgia and slow decay. Mix is a deeply modern monster, but Gwendolyn is one of the proofs that this is not just a bitch at modernity; Mix's potential victim, supermodel Nerissa, is charming, smart and blessed. There are a few too many coincidences here for Thirteen Steps Down to quite make it on to the list of great Rendell--her best books are more tightly constructed--but it is certainly a book which her admirers will want.--Roz Kaveney --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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"Ruth Rendell is, unequivocally, the most brilliant mystery novelist of our time. "
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"Brilliant. . . . Wonderful. . . . Remarkable. . . . A triumph. . . . Its final denouement [is] a miracle of irony and compassion." --"The Boston Globe"
" Dazzling. . . . Cool, dark, intricately plotted. . . . At once creepy, incredibly funny, and oddly moving. Grade: A." --"Entertainment Weekly"
"Brilliant. . . . Chilling. . . . A profoundly unnerving psychological suspense novel . . . that demonstrates Rendell's cunning artistry. . . . We'll never forget our visit to St. Blaise House." --"The New York Times Book Review"
"Rendell, the mistress of foreboding . . . twists to a high pitch, so that you keep on turning the pages, alternately shuddering and smiling. . . . One of the top crime novels of the year." --"The Rocky Mountain News"

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