The body found under the hedge was that of a middle-aged woman, biggish and gaunt. Detective Chief Inspector Wexford thought he saw a sardonic gleam in her wide, staring eyes. He is called in to solve the crime.
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Rhoda Comfrey's death seemed unremarkable; the real mystery was her life.
In A Sleeping Life, master mystery writer Ruth Rendell unveils an elaborate web of lies and deception painstakingly maintained by a troubled soul. A wallet found in Comfrey's handbag leads Inspector Wexford to Mr. Grenville West, a writer whose plots revel in the blood, thunder, and passion of dramas of old; whose current whereabouts are unclear; and whose curious secretary--the plain Polly Flinders--provides the Inspector with more questions than answers. And when a second Grenville West comes to light, Wexford faces a dizzying array of possible scenarios--and suspects--behind the Comfrey murder.
Brilliantly entertaining, exceptionally crafted, A Sleeping Life evokes the dark realities, half-truths, and flights of fancy that constitute a life.
"Rendell is a master of the form." -- The Washington Post Book World
"An unusual detective story. . .intelligent, well-written, with a surprising twist." -- The Times Literary Supplement
"Ruth Rendell. . .retains her place of highest distinction in the field." -- The New York Times Book Review
"The best mystery writer anywhere in the English-speaking world." -- The Boston Globe
"No one can take you so totally into the recesses of the human mind as does Ruth Rendell." -- The Christian Science Monitor
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Book Description HarperCollins, London, 1995. Plastic Case. Book Condition: Very Good. 24mo - over 5 - 5¾" tall. Some shelf wear/light scratching to the outer case but the tapes themselves are in very good condition. The inlay card is fine. All my products are carefully packed and I make every effort to despatch orders the same day. If you have any questions regarding this item please do not hesitate to ask. A photograph is readily available upon request. Bookseller Inventory # 012258
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