Piranha to Scurfy

And Other Stories

By Ruth Rendell
(Vintage, Paperback, 9780375727597, 224pp.)

Publication Date: December 3, 2002

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Description

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.




About the Author

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.




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

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