A Sleeping Life

A Sleeping Life

By Ruth Rendell

Vintage, Paperback, 9780375704932, 192pp.

Publication Date: July 11, 2000


Rhoda Comfrey's death seemed unremarkable; the real mystery was her life.

In A Sleeping Life, master mystery writer Ruth Rendell unveils an elaborate web of lies and deception painstakingly maintained by a troubled soul. A wallet found in Comfrey's handbag leads Inspector Wexford to Mr. Grenville West, a writer whose plots revel in the blood, thunder, and passion of dramas of old; whose current whereabouts are unclear; and whose curious secretary--the plain Polly Flinders--provides the Inspector with more questions than answers. And when a second Grenville West comes to light, Wexford faces a dizzying array of possible scenarios--and suspects--behind the Comfrey murder.

Brilliantly entertaining, exceptionally crafted, A Sleeping Life evokes the dark realities, half-truths, and flights of fancy that constitute a life.

About the Author
Ruth Rendell (1930-2015) won three Edgar Awards, the highest accolade from Mystery Writers of America, as well as four Gold Daggers and a Diamond Dagger for outstanding contribution to the genre from England's prestigious Crime Writ-ers' Association. Her remarkable career spanned a half century, with more than sixty books published. A member of the House of Lords, she was one of the great literary figures of our time.

Praise For A Sleeping Life

"Rendell is a master of the form." --The Washington Post Book World

"An unusual detective story. . .intelligent, well-written, with a surprising twist." --The Times Literary Supplement

"Ruth Rendell. . .retains her place of highest distinction in the field." --The New York Times Book Review

"The best mystery writer anywhere in the English-speaking world." --The Boston Globe

"No one can take you so totally into the recesses of the human mind as does Ruth Rendell." --The Christian Science Monitor