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THIRTEEN STEPS DOWN : A Novel by  Ruth Rendell - First American Edition - 2005 - from Diversity Books, IOBA (SKU: 011323)

THIRTEEN STEPS DOWN : A Novel

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THIRTEEN STEPS DOWN : A Novel

by Rendell, Ruth

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ISBN 10
1400098424
ISBN 13
9781400098422
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New York: Crown Publishers, 2005. 340pp. Book clean. Spine firm, red title there-on. Boards very lightly bumped on lower foredge corner of front panel. Leaves clean. Red remainder pen spot to lower textblock edge. Illustrated, loose-plastic protected dustjacket negligibly edge-creased, short soft crease to spine. From the jacket flap: " . . . Ruth Rendell masterfully interweaves the multiple narratives that connect the angry young man who longs for recognition, the young model he dreams about, and his elderly spinster landlady who has found a reason to hope that romance may still find a way into her life. 'Thirteen Steps Down' winds its way to a conclusion that defies the reader's expectations in every way. This is psychological suspense at its very best." Book weight approx. 600g. . First American Edition. Hardcover and Dustjacket. Very Good +/Very Good +. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

Synopsis

From the multi-award-winning author of The Babes in the Wood and The Rottweiler, a chilling new novel about obsession, superstition, and violence, set in Rendell's darkly atmospheric London.Mix Cellini (which he pronounces with an 'S' rather than a 'C') is superstitious about the number 13. In musty old St. Blaise House, where he is the lodger, there are thirteen steps down to the landing below his rooms, which he keeps spick and span. His elderly landlady, Gwendolen Chawcer, was born in St. Blaise House, and lives her life almost exclusively through her library of books, so cannot see the decay and neglect around her.The Notting Hill neighbourhood has changed radically over the last fifty years, and 10 Rillington Place, where the notorious John Christie committed a series of foul murders, has been torn down.Mix is obsessed with the life of Christie and his small library is composed entirely of books on the subject. He has also developed a passion for a beautiful model who lives nearby -- a woman who would not look at him twice.Both landlady and lodger inhabit weird worlds of their own. But when reality intrudes into Mix's life, a long pent-up violence explodes.From the Hardcover edition.

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book dealer
Diversity Books, IOBA AU (AU)
Bookseller’s Inventory #
011323
Title
THIRTEEN STEPS DOWN : A Novel
Author
Rendell, Ruth
Format/binding
Hardcover
Book condition
second hand - Very Good +
Jacket condition
Very Good +
Edition
First American Edition
Binding
Hardcover
ISBN 10
1400098424
ISBN 13
9781400098422
Publisher
Crown Publishers
Place of Publication
New York
Date Published
2005
Keywords
Crime Fiction, Modern First Editions, Serial Murders Fiction
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