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A Judgement in Stone Paperback – January 4, 2000
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"Rendell writes with such elegance and restraint, with such literary voice and an insightful mind, that she transcends the mystery genre and achieves something almost sublime."-Los Angeles Times
"It will be an amazing achievement if [Rendell] ever writes a better book."- Daily Express (London)
"Ruth Rendell is the best mystery writer in the English-speaking world."- Time
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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!
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I did not enjoy this book. Read it for book club.Published 4 days ago by Theda W. Page The Page Law Firm
Judgement in Stone is my all-time favorite book. I read it once a year and still find nuances of character development and description. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Mrs B-rad
This is early Rendell, and it shows in the clumsy form in which her narrative is set out. It is written like a magazine article about a true crime and lacks the subtlety of her... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Sue Repasky
I am a fan of Ruth Rendells books because her
story lines are interesting and the characters are very well drawn, We are usually intrigued until the last chapter . Read more
I found this a compelling read and was pulled through it to the end in one sitting. It's very well written, and the non-sociopathic characters are accessible and easily... Read morePublished 3 months ago by DOA
Classic Rendell. This story was written about 30 years ago but we are still seeing examples everyday of sociopaths who lay their hands on a gun and kill indiscriminately. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Terence W. Jones
We know who: the murderer. We know who: the victims. We know what. And we know why. Rendell gives us all this information in the 13-word opening sentence. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Joe Da Rold