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The keys to the street

The keys to the street

Rendell, Ruth, 1930-

Located in the area around Regent's Park, Ruth Rendell creates an atmospherically charged universe, where a young woman's life is in danger from the middle class world she knows and another world of the dispossessed and deranged

Paperback, Book. English. Suspense fiction.
Published London: Arrow, 1997
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    Barcode Shelfmark Loan type Status
    9937090407 Crime Adult Fiction Available


Statement of responsibility: Ruth Rendell
ISBN: 009918432X, 9780099184324
Note: Originally published: London: Hutchinson, 1996.
Physical Description: 384 p. ; 18 cm.
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Author note

Ruth Rendell was an exceptional crime writer, and will be remembered as a legend in her own lifetime. Her groundbreaking debut novel,From Doon With Death, was first published in 1964 and introduced the reader to her enduring and popular detective, Inspector Reginald Wexford, who went on to feature in twenty-four of her subsequent novels.

With worldwide sales of approximately 20 million copies, Rendell was a regularSunday Timesbestseller. Her sixty bestselling novels include police procedurals, some of which have been successfully adapted for TV, stand-alone psychological mysteries, and a third strand of crime novels under the pseudonym Barbara Vine. Very much abreast of her times, the Wexford books in particular often engaged with social or political issues close to her heart.

Rendell won numerous awards, including the Crime Writers' Association Gold Dagger for 1976's best crime novel withA Demon in My View,a Gold Dagger award forLive Fleshin 1986, and theSunday TimesLiterary Award in 1990. In 2013 she was awarded the Crime Writers' Association Cartier Diamond Dagger for sustained excellence in crime writing. In 1996 she was awarded the CBE and in 1997 became a Life Peer.

Ruth Rendell died in May 2015. Her final novel,Dark Corners, is scheduled for publication in October 2015


"Streets ahead ... She is at her absolute best"
Daily Mail||"The book's plotting is in the grand-master class, its suspense breathless, its denouement shattering"
Sunday Times||"This time she has surpassed herself"
Sunday Telegraph||"There's a manipulative plotter at work in The Keys to the Street, and it's the author"
John Mullan, The Guardian||"Psychologically acute and extremely disturbing, Ruth Rendell's work is outstanding"
The Times