Ruth Rendell Tigerlily's Orchids

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Tigerlily's Orchids

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

Is it dangerous to know too much about your neighbors?

When Stuart Font throws a housewarming party, he invites all the residents of his new building--among them, three flippant young girls, a lonely spinster, a man with a passion for classical history, and a woman determined to drink herself to death. He definitely does not want his girlfriend, Claudia, in attendance, as he would also have to invite her lawyer husband. But careful planning can only get a person so far. As it turns out, this party will be one everyone remembers.

Meanwhile, living in a town house opposite Stuart's building, in reclusive isolation, is a young, beautiful Asian woman known as Tigerlily. As though from some strange urban fairy tale, she emerges infrequently to exert a terrible spell.

In Tigerlily's Orchids, Ruth Rendell has written a darkly humorous and psychologically thrilling novel about the eccentric inhabitants of a London terrace--about the secrets they keep, and what they will do to hide them.

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No doubt Tigerlily’s Orchids will start the customary Ruth Rendell debate. Rendell aficionados take great pleasure in debating which are her finest books -- the much-loved Inspector Wexford series or her disturbing stand-alone psychological crime novels. This latest book is firmly in the latter camp, and for those (such as this writer) who – on balance -- prefer Rendell moving out of police procedural territory, it's a real treat.

A housewarming party for a new flat is usually a pleasurable experience, but the one thrown by the unworldly Stuart Font is to have unwanted consequences. Stuart invites everyone in his building to the bash, even the caretaker and his wife – people, Stuart finds, it is hard to warm to. The party turns out to be a memorable one for everyone involved – but for all the wrong reasons. The eponymous ‘Tigerlliy’ is an attractive young Asian women who is one of Stuart’s nearest neighbours (he was the one who gave her the exotic sobriquet); she does not however, conform to the stereotypical image of the powerless, vulnerable Asian woman. Her influence over those around her is to prove dark and all-enveloping, and Stuart’s parents will have reason to be concerned -- very concerned – for their hapless son.

The cruel wit of the narrative here is firmly in the unsettling territory of Rendell’s best work, and the sardonic note (as well as the fey, not-quite-naturalistic elements) are characteristic of the author's more recent efforts – the years are not softening her view of life. As usual, it is the sharp, quirky observation of character that makes Tigerlily’s Orchids so distinctive. The eccentric quality may not be to everyone’s taste – and it’s perhaps not a book for new Ruth Rendell readers to start with (one has to assume there will always be some), but admirers can part with their money with equanimity. --Barry Forshaw

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" At 81, Ms. Rendell continues to write in impeccable form, dripping both mirth and malice"--Janet Maslin, "New York Times"

"Spellbinding.... It's hard to think of another writer in the genre doing this sort of thing so well, and none does it better."--"Washington Post"

"Out of this spider's web of interwoven lives emerges ... a beautifully disguised and manipulated surprise, set amid the jittery background of the restless city."--"The Independent" (UK)

"Rendell marshals her large cast of vividly drawn characters with apparent ease, skewering their self-deception and satirizing their pursuit of self-gratification with great skill.... The result is a thrilling exercise."--"The Evening Standard "(UK)""

There is widespread agreement among both readers and reviewers that Ruth Rendell is the best crime fiction writer of our time. San Diego Union Tribune"

Exquisitely paced drama Rendell once again creates an addictive read in which the characters are drawn and defined by the author's wry observations. Richmond Times-Dispatch"

"Disgraceful behavior has rarely been written about so gracefully."--Boston Globe

"There is widespread agreement among both readers and reviewers that Ruth Rendell is the best crime fiction writer of our time."--San Diego Union Tribune

"Exquisitely paced drama... Rendell once again creates an addictive read in which the characters are drawn and defined by the author's wry observations."--Richmond Times-Dispatch

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