A Judgement in Stone

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A Judgement in Stone

By Ruth Rendell

Vintage Crime/Black Lizard, Paperback, 9780375704963, 208pp.

Publication Date: January 4, 2000

Description
What on earth could have provoked a modern day St. Valentine's Day massacre?
On Valentine's Day, four members of the Coverdale family--George, Jacqueline, Melinda and Giles--were murdered in the space of 15 minutes. Their housekeeper, Eunice Parchman, shot them, one by one, in the blue light of a televised performance of Don Giovanni. When Detective Chief Superintendent William Vetch arrests Miss Parchman two weeks later, he discovers a second tragedy: the key to the Valentine's Day massacre hidden within a private humiliation Eunice Parchman has guarded all her life.A brilliant rendering of character, motive, and the heady discovery of truth, A Judgement in Stone is among Ruth Rendell's finest psychological thrillers.


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 Writers 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 Judgement in Stone

"A classic."-The Times (London)

"Rendell writes with such elegance and restraint, with such literary voice and an insightful mind, that she transcends the mystery genre and achieves something almost sublime."-Los Angeles Times

"It will be an amazing achievement if [Rendell] ever writes a better book."- Daily Express (London)

"Ruth Rendell is the best mystery writer in the English-speaking world."- Time