The Killing Doll

Open Road Media
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A girl experiments with the occult to keep her family together in this psychological thriller from the New York Times–bestselling author of Dark Corners.
 
In a quiet house in the London suburb of Manningtree, fifteen-year-old Pup and his emotionally damaged older sister, Dolly, have become closer than ever since the death of the their mother. Pup’s bookish obsession with witchcraft gives their disordered life a sense of purpose. Dolly isn’t sure what to expect from the talisman Pup makes her, until their father brings home a vulgar new wife. Then, Dolly, resentful and suddenly empowered, makes a deadly wish—the first of many.
 
In a depressed neighborhood on the other side of town, a paranoid hermit has been questioned in a series of brutal murders. Lately, he’s taken to living in a tunnel behind a fort of mattresses, where he keeps his knives. Soon, his life and the lives of Pup and Dolly will converge. As one of them struggles toward something close to sanity, the other two will descend even further into darkness.
 
“Only Rendell can show us how chillingly easy it is for ordinary people to slide into criminal behavior,” and in The Killing Doll, the tumble is relentless (Oprah.com). “Rendell, who perfected the art of the truly suspenseful psychological thriller” is a three-time recipient of the Edgar Award, and the author of numerous bestsellers (The Boston Globe).
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London’s Inspector Wexford has two cases to solve—a murdered wife and a missing husband—in this double dose of a “masterful series” (Los Angeles Times).

Now in one volume, two novels in “one of the best-written detective series in the genre’s history,” from a New York Times–bestselling and three-time Edgar Award–winning author (The Washington Post).
 
The Veiled One: “Why on earth?” wonders London’s chief inspector Reginald Wexford when a sixtyish housewife is found garroted in a shopping mall garage, her body concealed under a velvet shroud. Before he can find the answer, he’s nearly killed himself—by a politically motivated car bombing targeting his activist daughter. With the inspector in the hospital, the case falls to his partner, Mike Burden. But when a strange mother and son are suspected, Burdon’s trail leads him down a very twisted road.
 
An Unkindness of Ravens: When a neighbor’s husband vanishes, Chief Inspector Wexford suspects the cad most likely ran off with one of his girlfriends. However, there are a few nagging concerns, like the man’s suspicious letter of resignation and his abandoned car. And is it just a fluke that his disappearance coincides with a rash of stabbings—all straight through the heart, all with male victims? Behind the seemingly placid domesticity of Wexford’s Sussex neighbors, there’s a growing web of tangling secrets, double lives, and triple-crosses. An Edgar Award finalist, this is a “mystery of the highest order” (The New Yorker).
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Publisher
Open Road Media
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Published on
Dec 28, 2010
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Pages
238
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ISBN
9781453210833
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Gothic
Fiction / Thrillers / Psychological
Fiction / Thrillers / Suspense
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This content is DRM protected.
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