- Taschenbuch: 224 Seiten
- Verlag: Arrow; Auflage: New Ed (27. Februar 1994)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0099171406
- ISBN-13: 978-0099171409
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 11 x 1,4 x 17,8 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 12 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 70.818 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
A Judgement in Stone (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 27. Februar 1994
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"One of her masterpieces." (Jake Kerridge Telegraph)
"Rendell's psychological insights are so absorbing, it's easy to forget what a superb plotter she is" (The Times)
"Ruth Rendell is not only the finest crime novelist there is, but one of the finest novelists writing in the English language" (Scotsman)
"The most brilliant mystery novelist of our time - mesmerizing" (Patricia Cornwell)
"Ruth Rendell has quite simply transformed the genre of crime writing. She displays her peerless skill in blending the mundane, commonplace aspects of life with the potent murky impulses of desire and greed, obsession and fear" (Sunday Times)
NOW A THEATRE PRODUCTION PRODUCED BY BILL KENWRIGHT, STARRING ANDREW LANCEL, SOPHIE WARD, DEBORAH GRANT AND SHIRLEY ANNE FIELD
It seems to be a straightforward, if bloody, crime. Four members of one family murdered by their housekeeper in a modern St. Valentine's Day massacre. But the tragedy neither began nor ended there.
A critically acclaimed novel from the author of bestselling crime thrillers including Thirteen Steps Down and the world-famous Detective Chief Inspector Wexford series.
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Once more, Rendell shows readers and critics that she can create an intricately crafted story with surprising twists and turns...She spins out all the elements of the plot seamlessly and incisively, giving us a convincing picture...
As usual, the characters are well-drawn, totally realistic and believable yet with their own individual quirks and personalities. The character of Eunice Parchman is best done of all. Eunice manages to draw sympathy for her plight, while simultaneously chilling the reader with her blank, cold-blooded apathy. She is possibly one of Rendell's most mystifying and intriguing creations, and would alone make this novel worth reading. But Rendell has added wit, suspense, mystery, a clever plot, and confident characterizations to create one of her finest novels. A JUDGEMENT IN STONE is not at all easy to locate, but if you find it, even an old copy, definitely read it. This is vintage Rendell.
This is a descriptive and insightful literary stunner about how an illiterate, middle aged women gets to the point that she wipes out an enire family one fateful evening. The book takes the reader, step by step, through the events that lead up to this crossroad. It explores the mind of Eunice Parchman, a woman so limited in her world view and so robotic in her actions that she is almost repellent. The reader marvels at her very existence and is sure to find her a fascinating character study.
Ms. Parchman's interactions with the well-educated Coverdale family, who employs her as a housekeeper, are intriguing and always interesting, as she struggles to keep her illiteracy a secret. How Ms. Parchman circumvents its discovery for as long as does, the lengths to which she goes to maintain a facade of literacy, and her socially inappropriate responses to every day situations, paint an intriguing psychological portrait for the reader. The eventual discovery of her illiteracy results in a ghastly outcome, which makes for some gripping and chilling reading.
Ms. Rendell is masterful in her storytelling, infusing mundane situations with an understated horror that is all the more chilling because of the common denominator that strikes a chord with the reader. Written is well-nuanced, taut, spare style, this book is a literary gem that will keep the reader riveted to its pages. Bravo!
However, I was recently in London, England and ALL the bookstores carried it; I immediately bought another copy. If you're in London, pick up this book; you won't be sorry.
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