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The Thief

From the author of End in Tears comes a chilling thriller for "Quick Reads"— books for emergent readers, published as part of the UK’s World Book Day Adult Literacy Initiative 2006. What you do in childhood may come back to haunt you. Stealing things from people who had upset her was something Polly did quite a lot. There was her Aunt Pauline; a girl at school; a boyfriend who left. And there was the man on the plane… Humiliated and scared by a total stranger Polly does what she always does. She steals something. But she never could have imagined that her desire for revenge would have such terrifying results.

Издательство: "Arrow Books" (2011)

Формат: 130x200, 96 стр.

ISBN: 978-0-099-50226-5

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Ruth Rendell

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Ruth Barbara Rendell, Baroness Rendell of Babergh, CBE, (born 17 February 1930), who also writes under the pseudonym Barbara Vine, is an English best-selling mystery and psychological crime writer.

Aside from her police procedurals starring her most enduring creation, Chief Inspector Wexford, Rendell has written psychological crime novels wherein she explores themes such as sexual obsession, the effects of misperceived communication, the impact of chance and coincidence and the humanity of the criminals involved. In many of these books the protagonists are severely socially isolated and disadvantaged and the writer explores the ways in which their circumstances adversely impact on them as well as their victims in a vivid, convincing and spellbinding manner. These books include "A Judgement In Stone", "The Face of Trespass", "Live Flesh", "Talking to Strange Men", "The Killing Doll", "Going Wrong" and "Adam and Eve and Pinch Me".

Rendell (pronEng|ˈrɛndl, not /rɛnˈdɛl/) created a third strand of writing with the publication of "A Dark-Adapted Eye" under her pseudonym Barbara Vine in 1986 (the name derives from her own middle name and her grandmother's maiden name). Books such as "King Solomon's Carpet", "A Fatal Inversion" and "Asta's Book" (alternative US title, "Anna's Book") inhabit the same territory as her psychological crime novels while they further develop themes of family misunderstandings and the side effects of secrets kept and crimes done. Rendell is famous for her elegant prose and sharp insights into the human mind, as well as her ability to create cogent plots and characters. Rendell has also injected the social changes of the last 40 years into her work, bringing awareness to such issues as domestic violence and the change in the status of women.

Many credit her and her good friend P. D. James for upgrading the entire genre of whodunit, shaping it more into a "why"dunit. Many of her works have been adapted for film and television, including "Diary of the Dead", "The Tree of Hands", the Pedro Almodóvar film "Live Flesh", and the Claude Chabrol film "La demoiselle d'honneur"/"The Bridesmaid". The Inspector Wexford series has been successfully televised, starring acclaimed British actor George Baker as Inspector Wexford and Christopher Ravenscroft as Detective Mike Burden.

She has received many awards for her writing, including the Silver, Gold, and Cartier Diamond Daggers from the Crime Writers' Association, three Edgars from the Mystery Writers of America, The Arts Council National Book Awards, and the The Sunday Times Literary Award. She was made CBE in 1996 and a life peer as Baroness Rendell of Babergh, near Aldeburgh in Suffolk in 1997. She sits in the House of Lords for Labour.

Early life

Born in South Woodford, London, the daughter of teachers, Ruth (Barbara), née Grasemann, grew up and was educated at the County High School for Girls in Loughton, Essex. She then worked as a journalist for Essex newspapers. She was fired after writing an article on the local Tennis Club's annual dinner, which she had not actually attended, thereby missing the untimely death of the after-dinner speaker mid-speech. She wrote two unpublished novels before "From Doon With Death", the first mystery to feature her enduring and popular detective Chief Inspector Reginald Wexford, which was bought by publisher John Long for £75 and published in 1964. Wexford's latest case is "Not in the Flesh" (2007).



*"To Fear A Painted Devil" (1965)
*"Vanity Dies Hard" (1965)
*"The Secret House of Death" (1968)
*"One Across, Two Down" (1971)
*"The Face of Trespass" (1974)
*"A Demon in My View" (1976)
*"A Judgement In Stone" (1977)
*"Make Death Love Me" (1979)
*"The Lake of Darkness" (1980)
*"Master of the Moor" (1982)
*"The Killing Doll" (1984)
*"The Tree of Hands" (1984)
*"Live Flesh" (1986)
*"Talking to Strange Men" (1987)
*"The Bridesmaid" (1989)
*"Going Wrong" (1990)
*"The Crocodile Bird" (1993)
*"The Keys to the Street" (1996)
*"A Sight for Sore Eyes" (1998)
*"Adam and Eve and Pinch Me" (2001)
*"The Rottweiler" (2003)
*"Thirteen Steps Down" (2004)
*"The Water's Lovely" (2006)
*"Portobello" (2008)

Inspector Wexford series

#"From Doon With Death" (1964)
#"A New Lease of Death" (1967) (American title: "The Sins of the Fathers")
#"Wolf to the Slaughter" (1967)
#"The Best Man to Die" (1969)
#"A Guilty Thing Surprised" (1970)
#"No More Dying Then" (1971)
#"Murder Being Once Done" (1972)
#"Some Lie And Some Die" (1973)
#"Shake Hands Forever" (1975)
#"A Sleeping Life" (1979)
#"Put on By Cunning" (1981) (American title: "Death Notes")
#"The Speaker of Mandarin" (1983)
#"An Unkindness of Ravens" (1985)
#"The Veiled One" (1988)
#"Kissing the Gunner's Daughter" (1992)
#"Simisola" (1994)
#"Road Rage" (1997)
#"Harm Done" (1999)
#"The Babes in the Wood" (2002)
#"End in Tears" (2005)
#"Not in the Flesh" (2007)

Written as Barbara Vine

*"A Dark-Adapted Eye" (1986)
*"A Fatal Inversion" (1987)
*"The House of Stairs" (1988)
*"Gallowglass" (1990)
*"King Solomon's Carpet" (1991)
*"Asta's Book" (1993)
*"No Night is Too Long" (1994)
*"The Brimstone Wedding" (1995)
*"The Chimney-sweeper's Boy" (1998)
*"Grasshopper" (2000)
*"The Blood Doctor" (2002)
*"The Minotaur" (2005)
*"The Birthday Present" (2008)


*"Heartstones" (1987)
*"The Thief" (2006)

hort story collections

*"The Fallen Curtain" (1976)
*"Means of Evil" (1979) (five Inspector Wexford stories)
*"The Fever Tree" (1982)
*"The New Girlfriend" (1985)
*"The Copper Peacock" (1991)
*"Blood Lines" (1995)
*"Piranha to Scurfy" (2000)
*"Collected Short Stories, Volume 1" (2006)
*"Collected Short Stories, Volume 2" (2008)

Uncollected short stories

*"In the Time of His Prosperity"* (as Barbara Vine)


*"Ruth Rendell's Suffolk" (1989)
*"Undermining the Central Line: giving government back to the people" (with Colin Ward, 1989) a political tract
*"The Reason Why: An Anthology of the Murderous Mind" (1995)

Awards and Honours

*1975 - Mystery Writers of America Best Short Story Edgar: "The Fallen Curtain"
*1976 - Gold Dagger for Fiction: "A Demon in My View"
*1979 - Mystery Writers of America Edgar Award (shortlist): "A Sleeping Life"
*1980 - Mystery Writers of America Edgar Award (shortlist): "Make Death Love Me"
*1980 - Martin Beck Award: "Make Death Love Me"
*1981 - Arts Council National Book Award for Genre Fiction: "The Lake of Darkness"
*1984 - Silver Dagger for Fiction: "The Tree of Hands"
*1984 - Mystery Writers of America Best Short Story Edgar: "The New Girlfriend"
*1986 - Gold Dagger for Fiction: "Live Flesh"
*1986 - Mystery Writers of America Edgar Award (shortlist): "The Tree of Hands"
*1986 - Mystery Writers of America Edgar Award (shortlist): "An Unkindness of Ravens"
*1987 - Mystery Writers of America Edgar Award: "A Dark-Adapted Eye"
*1987 - Gold Dagger for Fiction: "A Fatal Inversion"
*1988 - Angel Award for Fiction: "The House of Stairs"
*1990 - Sunday Times Award for Literary Excellence
*1991 - Gold Dagger for Fiction: "King Solomon's Carpet"
*1991 - Cartier Diamond Dagger for a Lifetime's Achievement in the Field
*1996 - CBE
*1997 - Mystery Writers of America Grand Master Award
*2004 - Mystery Ink Gumshoe Award for Lifetime Achievement
*2005 - CWA Dagger of Daggers (best crime novel to have won the Gold Dagger award (shortlist)): "A Fatal Inversion"
*2007 - Gumshoe Award for Best European Crime Novel (shortlist): "The Minotaur"
*2007 - Theakston's Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award (longlist): "End in Tears"

External links

* [http://wiredforbooks.org/ruthrendell/ 1990 audio interview with Ruth Rendell by Don Swaim of CBS Radio, RealAudio]
* [http://www.gusworld.com.au/books/rendell/default.htm Gusworld] Ruth Rendell information site with detailed bibliography
* [http://www.randomhouse.com.au/Authors/Default.aspx?Page=Author&ID=Rendell,%20Ruth Ruth Rendell at Random House Australia]
* [http://www.gusworld.com.au/books/vine/default.htm Fatal Inversions] detailed Barbara Vine information site with bibliography
* [http://www.theyworkforyou.com/peer/baroness_rendell_of_babergh Baroness Rendell of Babergh] at TheyWorkForYou.com

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