- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 6 hours and 32 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Audible Studios
- Audible.com Release Date: November 1, 2010
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004ADM34Y
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This book also convincingly illustrates how much of the good and bad that happens to individuals is pure fluke, pure accident - the result of some seemingly insignificant action taken unwittingly by someone far removed and down the chain of circumstance.
Rendell sets the tone brilliantly from the first page. She quotes an Edgar Allen Poe poem that includes the line: "And all I loved, I loved alone." That, along with the first paragraphs that describe the cellar of the apartment in which the main character lives - provide a compellingly apt atmosphere for the drama that's about to unfold. It's one of the great starts to a novel.
The writing is ominously noir throughout:
"Arthur closed the door, doing this in the totally silent way he had cultivated by long practice."
"...the streets received him, taking him into their arteries like a grain of poison."
"...these suppressed thoughts blossomed in dreams like tubers which, put away in the dark, throw out sick, sluglike shoots."
This is definitely a classic of a mystery/thriller.
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