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The Keys To The Street

Rendell, Ruth

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ISBN 10: 0517706857 / ISBN 13: 9780517706855
Published by Crown Publishers, New York, NY, 1996
Used Condition: Very Fine Hardcover
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Very nice new unread First American Edition copy with sharp red boards and bold bright gold lettering on the black spine. Very clean and tight page block. Unclipped pictorial DJ also very sharp and bright. Both book and DJ in mint condition. SIGNED in person by Ruth Rendell on the full title page. Very sharp collectible copy for a Ruth Rendell collector. DJ in Mylar. Bookseller Inventory # 001740

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Title: The Keys To The Street

Publisher: Crown Publishers, New York, NY

Publication Date: 1996

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Very Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Fine

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: First American Edition.

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Set in and around London's Regents Park, where the city's wealthiest, poorest, kindest, and most vicious citizens all cross paths, this newest novel by the Edgar and Gold Dagger-winning author of Crocodile Bird tells of the deadly thanks a young woman risks receiving in return for an act of selfless generosity.


Discovering Ruth Rendell late must be like discovering Mozart late: any regrets for time wasted are overwhelmed by the pleasure of having so many treats to choose from. She writes mysteries about Inspector Wexford and suspense thrillers about what happens when people's lives accidently collide. This new book falls into the thriller category: in the first few pages we meet a large group of people living in and around London's Regents Park. There are the homeless, whose hardships are added to when a murderer begins to decimate their ranks; a barely-restrained lunatic who works as a dog-walker; a drug dealer and his violent helper; and Rendell's central character, Mary Jago, a gentle young woman whose courageous charity brings her lots of trouble. The best recent Wexford mystery is Simisola; other recommended Rendells include: From Doon With Death, The Tree of Hands, An Unkindness of Ravens and The Brimstone Wedding (written under her Barbara Vine alter ego).

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