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The Minotaur: A Novel Hardcover – Import, 21 Mar 2006

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Barbara Vine is the pen name of Ruth Rendell. It's odd to think that such an acclaimed and public figure as Rendell (who has won almost every mystery award in the genre) would assume a pen name, until you notice the differences in the novels appearing under the Rendell and Vine names. Rendell writes precision mysteries, as spare and gaunt as an iron fence. But Vine is Rendell's exuberant other half. Vine thrillers are almost rococo in the expanse of plot and character, skirting close to self-indulgence at times. In the latest Vine, a Swedish nurse named Kirstin Kvist looks back at the central mystery of her life, something that happened back in the 1960s, when she journeyed to crumbling Lydstep Old Hall in Essex, England, to care for a melancholy 39-year-old man with a puzzling ailment. The tale starts as a medical mystery, with Kvist trying to determine what is wrong with the heir to the family fortune. It segues into a Victorian novel of manners when Kvist discovers a plot to wrest the fortune away, a plot that predictably leads to murder. This is very satisfying reading, a sort of blend of Edgar Allan Poe and Anthony Trollope. Readers of both Rendell and Vine will love this expansive excursion. Connie Fletcher
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“One of the most remarkable novelists of her generation.” —People

“The best mystery writer in the English-speaking world.” —Time

“My dream writer. Her crime studies are subtle, mysterious affairs that never turn out quite the way you anticipate. Her characters have secret, often ugly depths that make them strangers with uncomfortably familiar features. And her prose style, so intricate in design and supple in execution, has the disquieting intimacy of an alien touch in the dark.” —Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review

“Surely one of the greatest novelists presently at work in our language.” —Scott Turow

“Those who haven’t read her books have missed something unique and wonderful.” —Tony Hillerman

“Barbara Vine has transcended her genre by her remarkable imaginative power to explore and illuminate the dark corners of the human psyche.” —P. D. James

“Unequivocally the most brilliant mystery writer of our time. She magnificently triumphs in a style that is uniquely hers and mesmerizing.” —Patricia Cornwell

“Her clear, shapely prose casts the mesmerizing spell of the confessional.” —The New Yorker

“One of the finest practitioners of her craft in the English-speaking world.” —The New York Times Book Review

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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Shaye Areheart Books (21 March 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307237605
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307237606
  • Product Dimensions: 17.4 x 3.1 x 24 cm
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