Portobello (Paperback)

By Ruth Rendell

Scribner Book Company, 9781439150405, 290pp.

Publication Date: July 26, 2011

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Description

INCLUDES AN EXCERPT OF RENDELL'S FINAL NOVEL, DARK CORNERS

Ruth Rendell is widely considered to be crime fiction's reigning queen, with a remarkable career spanning more than forty years. Now, in Portobello, she delivers a captivating and intricate tale that weaves together the troubled lives of several people in the gentrified neighborhood of London's Notting Hill.

Walking to the shops one day, fifty-year-old Eugene Wren discovers an envelope on the street bulging with cash. A man plagued by a shameful addiction--and his own good intentions--Wren hatches a plan to find the money's rightful owner. Instead of going to the police, or taking the cash for himself, he prints a notice and posts it around Portobello Road. This ill-conceived act creates a chain of events that links Wren to other Londoners--people afflicted with their own obsessions and despairs. As these volatile characters come into Wren's life--and the life of his trusting fiancee--the consequences will change them all.

Portobello is a wonderfully complex tour de force featuring a dazzling depiction of one of London's most intriguing neighborhoods--and the dangers beneath its newly posh veneer.


Praise For Portobello

“The characters jump off the page. The page-to-page surprises are so clever that the reader is left agape at each twist and turn. The pieces fit together brilliantly.”—Pittsburgh Post-Gazette



“An expert dissection of the hazards of human connections and the search for happiness.”—USA Today



“A novel that glides along Portobello Road like the lime in a gin and tonic. It's intoxicating.”—Newsday

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