A classic Rendellian loner, Mix Cellini is superstitious about the number 13. Living in a decaying house in Notting Hill, Mix is obsessed with 10 Rillington Place, where the notorious John Christie committed a series of foul murders. He is also infatuated with a beautiful model who lives nearby - a woman who would not look at him twice.
Mix's landlady, Gwendolen Chawcer is equally reclusive - living her life through her library of books.
Both landlady and lodger are caught up in their own psychologically twisted parallel worlds. But when reality intrudes into Mix's life, a long pent-up violence explodes.
Number of pages: 400
Weight: 285 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 25 mm
Edition: TV Tie-In
"If Ruth Rendell were not slotted into the category of writer of mystery novels, she would have won the Booker long ago for the sly style that sidles up on the reader, full of cozening phrases that ensnare." * Books of the Year, Evening Standard *
"There are the fears that haunt us, the nightmarish urban myths of our time... One of the most remarkable talents writing today. Ruth Rendell is a peer of the realm, and she deserves to be: she's a national treasure" * Independent *