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In Rendell's evocative portrayal of West London, the slums of Notting Hill Gate and the mews houses of Holland Park are t streets, but worlds, apart. When these two worlds collide, the repercussions are fatal. Guy and Leora were childhood sweethearts, and belonged to the same criminal gang. But as the wealthy Leora grew older, they grew apart, and Guy's incent love turned into a dangerous, psychopathic obsession. When Leora anunces her engagement , Guy kws there must be some mistake - and he is determined to right it, at any cost. As he becomes the victim of his own murderous madness, body is safe...
Ruth Rendell is the Queen of British crime writing. The author of over 50 novels, she has won many significant crime fiction awards. Her first novel, From Doon With Death, appeared in 1964, and since then her reputation and readership have grown steadily with each new book. She has received major awards for her work; three Edgars from the Mystery Writers of America; the Crime Writers' Gold Dagger Award for 1976's best crime novel, A Demon in My View; the Arts Council National Book Award for Genre Fiction in 1981 for The Lake of Darkness; the Crime Writer's Gold Dagger Award for 1986's best crime book for Live Flesh; in 1987 the Crime Writer's Gold Dagger Award for A Fatal Inversion and in 1991 the same award for King Solomon's Carpet, both written under the pseudonym Barbara Vine; the Sunday Times Literary Award in 1990; and in 1991 the Crime Writer's Cartier Diamond Award for outstanding contribution to the crime fiction genre. Her books are translated into 21 languages. In 1996 she was awarded the CBE and in 1997 became a Life Peer.