Piranha to Scurfy

Piranha to Scurfy

And Other Stories

By Ruth Rendell

Vintage Crime/Black Lizard, Paperback, 9780375727597, 224pp.

Publication Date: December 3, 2002

Nine deliciously frightening and exquisitely crafted tales of psychological terror from Ruth Rendell.
A self-appointed critic reads books only to catch out their errors of fact and usage, which he points out to their authors in vicious letters: Then one day he comes upon a book that attacks "him." An elderly woman finally avenges herself on the man who raped her sixty years before. An idyllic village in the English countryside offers newcomers its own peculiar kind of hospitality and exacts a terrible price on those who reject it. Delivering high-voltage shocks with the elegance of a Henry James, Piranha to Scurfy is further evidence of Ruth Rendell's mastery of any form she puts her hand to.

Praise For Piranha to Scurfy

“Gloriously creepy. . . . Each beautifully crafted story...quietly builds in momentum and tension. . . . Cleverly chilling.” —Chicago Tribune

“Like a wine that at first seems familiar and then leaves you with a profoundly different, delicious aftertaste, Piranha to Scurfy leaves you savoring what you’ve just imbibed for some time.” --The Boston Globe

“Rendell at her best–subtle, insightful, disturbing and utterly mesmerizing.” --The Buffalo News

“Moves gracefully between mystery and macabre.” -- The News & Observer