A Fatal Inversion

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An award-winning novel from a New York Times–bestselling author: The long-buried bodies of a woman and child are unearthed on a Suffolk country estate.
 
When the new owners of Wyvis Hall, a rural estate in Suffolk, set out to bury their pet dog on the grounds, they stumbled upon a ghastly relic: the bones of a woman and small child in a shallow grave. The gruesome find makes stunning headlines, especially so for the previous occupants.
 
A decade before, nineteen-year-old Adam Verne-Smith inherited the property and spent one debauched summer there with runaways, drifters, and his two best friends—none of whom have spoken since that fatal season. Adam is now a doting father and husband. His old buddy Rufus is a respectable doctor. And there’s Shiva, whose dreams of upward mobility drifted away. Unhinged by the discovery, they reunite, each with a protest of innocence. As the past slowly emerges, their regrets, desperation, and bitter incriminations get the best of them—and so will their secrets.
 
A master of “deep, disquieting insight into the pathological dynamics of love” (The New York Times), author Ruth Rendell’s Crime Writers’ Association Gold Dagger Award–winning A Fatal Inversion is “rife with lost Edens, family secrets and stifled sexual urges” (Chicago Tribune). It was adapted for television by the BBC in 1992.

 
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A spine-tingling anthology by the New York Times–bestselling author and master of “psychological insight . . . and, not infrequently, teeth-chattering terror” (The New York Times).
 
These never-before-collected stories by Ruth Rendell—the three-time Edgar Award–winning mistress of dark suspense and one of the most celebrated thriller writers of the twentieth century—are “deliciously riveting, all the more so because Rendell’s extraordinary ability to delve coolly and forensically into the dustiest nooks of the human psyche is amplified, not diminished, by the short story form. . . . Often the reader is taken by the throat” (The Guardian).
 
In “The Thief,” a chance encounter with a stranger triggers the most destructive impulses in a vindictive pathological liar. A family shares an unnamable feeling of dread and a necessary denial to make it through the night in “Trebuchet.” In the title story, a caddish boor can’t help but boast of his infidelities. A historic murder weighs heavy on the unholy reputation of a quaint local landmark in “The Haunting of Shawley Rectory.” And in “Never Sleep in a Bed Facing a Mirror,” Rendell delivers a masterstroke of gasp-inducing brevity.
 
Here are tales of mystery, madness, terrible crimes, and chilling perdition, all dispatched with a wit so knife-edged and deviousness, so impeccably cool that it’s little wonder Joyce Carol Oates hails Ruth Rendell as “one of the finest practitioners of her craft.”
 
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Open Road Media
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Published on
Feb 22, 2011
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Pages
268
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ISBN
9781453214831
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English
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Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Police Procedural
Fiction / Thrillers / Psychological
Fiction / Thrillers / Suspense
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