A Demon in My View
By Ruth Rendell
(Vintage, Paperback, 9780375704918, 192pp.)
Publication Date: January 4, 2000
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She waits for him in the dark, her mind and body perfect, passive, until one day, when he goes to the cellar, and she is gone . . .
In A Demon in My View, Ruth Rendell creates a character as frightening as he is fascinating. Mild-mannered Arthur Johnson has never known how to talk to women. And his loneliness has perverted his desire for love and respect into a carefully controlled penchant for violence. One floor below him, a scholar finishing his thesis on psychopathic personalities is about to stumble—quite literally—upon one of Arthur's many secrets. Haunting and intelligent, A Demon in My View shows the startling results of this chilling alchemy of two very disparate minds—one pathological and the other obsessed with pathology.
Ruth Rendell is the author of Road Rage, The Keys to the Street, Bloodlines, Simisola, and The Crocodile Bird. She is the winner of the Mystery Writers of America Grand Master Award. She is also the recipient of three Edgars from the Mystery Writers of America and four Gold Daggers from Great Britain’s Crime Writers Association. In 1997, she was named a life peer in the House of Lords. Ruth Rendell also writes mysteries under the name of Barbara Vine, of which A Dark Adapted Eye is the most famous. She lives in England.
"A distinguished storyteller at the very height of her powers." —Sunday Express
"Ruth Rendell is the best mystery writer in the English-speaking world." —Time
"No one can take you so totally into the recesses of the human mind as does Ruth Rendell." —The Christian Science Monitor
"If there were a craft guild for writers, I'd apprentice myself to Ruth Rendell." —Sue Grafton