Rendell, Ruth The Tree of Hands

ISBN 13: 9780007424382

The Tree of Hands

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9780007424382: The Tree of Hands

From the writer of the Wexford novels and read by Isla Blair.

Once, when Benet was about fourteen, they had been in a train together, alone in the carriage, and Mopsa had tried to stab her with a carving knife. Threatened her with it, rather. Benet had been wondering why her mother had brought such a large handbag with her, a red one that didn’t go with the clothes she was wearing. Mopsa had shouted and laughed and said wild things and then she had put the knife back in her bag. But Benet had been very frightened by then. She lost her head and pulled the emergency handle that Mopsa had called the “communication cord”. The train stopped and there had been trouble for everyone involved and her father had been angry and grimly sad.

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"Rendell's psychological novels remain in a class of their own" Susanna Yager, Sunday Telegraph "Ruth Rendell has quite simply transformed the genre of crime writing. She displays her peerless skill in blending the mundane, commonplace aspects of life with the potent murky impulses of desire and greed, obsession and fear" Sunday Times "The web is spun with fiendish skill" Observer "Domestic dramas exploding into deaths and murders - Threads are drawn tightly together in a lethal last pattern" Sunday Times "One of the greatest novelists presently at work in our language... A writer whose work should be read by anyone who either enjoys a brilliant mystery - or distinguished literature" Scott Turow

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Once when Benet was about fourteen she and her mother had been alone in a train carriage – and Mopsa had tried to stab her with a carving knife.

It was some time since Benet had seen her mad mother. So when Mopsa arrived at the airport looking drab and colourless in a dowdy grey suit, Benet tried not to hate her.

But then the tragic death of a child begins a chain of deception, kidnap and murder…

"The Web is spun with fiendish skill"

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