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Piranha to Scurfy and Other Stories
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The title story is about a man whose life, in a sense, is a book. Life for Ambrose Ribbon is lonely and obsessive without his mother, yet there is one book that he associates particularly with her - volume VIII of the Encyclopaedia Britannica, 'Piranha to Scurfy'. It marked a very significant moment in their relationship. As well as Piranha to Scurfy, these stories are also included: Computer Seance, Fair Exchange, The Wink, Catamount, Walter's Leg, The Professional, The Beach The title story is about a man whose life, in a sense, is a book. Life for Ambrose Ribbon is lonely and obsessive without his mother, yet there is one book that he associates particularly with her - volume VIII of the Encyclopaedia Britannica, 'Piranha to Scurfy'. It marked a very significant moment in their relationship. As well as Piranha to Scurfy, these stories are also included: Computer Seance, Fair Exchange, The Wink, Catamount, Walter's Leg, The Professional, The Beach Butler, The Astronomical Scarf, High Mysterious Union and Myth. Ruth Rendell, who also writes under the name of Barbara Vine, has won many awards, including the Crime Writers' Association Gold Dagger and two Edgars from the Mystery Writers of America. She has also won the Crime Writers' Association Cartier Diamond Dagger. In 1996 she was awarded the CBE and in 1997 became a Life Peer. Among Lindsay Duncan's stage credits are The Provok'd Wife, The Rivals, and Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Olivier. Books, Fiction~~Mystery & Detective~~Traditional, Piranha-to-Scurfy-and-Other-Stories~~Ruth-Rendell, , , , , , , , , , Crown Publishing Group

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These short fictions showcase Ruth Rendell's many gifts, among them the ability to evoke a mood and trap a reader in the deepest recesses of a character's psyche. The title story (its odd name comes from the volume of the encyclopedia her character uses in venting his spleen at published authors whose work suffers from a lack of precision) draws us into the mind of a lonely man whose inability to please his mother makes him vulnerable to self destruction. "The Wink" and "Walter's Leg," two stories about revenge, demonstrate that it is indeed a meal best eaten cold. "The Professional" is a small gem with an ironic twist, notable for its acute insights into social class and status in England. In these and other pieces in this collection, Rendell's powers of invention and acute psychological insight remind one of the chilling tales she writes as Barbara Vine. But the best is saved for last, "High Mysterious Union," a tale that's like the weather in Rendell's typical English landscape: sunny at the start but increasingly dark and threatening as the plot thickens. A translator rents a cottage in a village that seems like Lake Wobegon. Everyone is beautiful, strong, and kind, especially the women, who seduce the newcomer with their charms and then abandon him when he fails to see the rightness of their unique, bizarre ways. He gets away with his life, but it will take days before he (and his creator) give you back your own. --Jane Adams british detectives,literature and fiction,mystery,mystery thriller and suspense,short stories Mystery, Crown

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Piranha to Scurfy: And Other Stories
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EAN (ISBN-13): 9780609608531
ISBN (ISBN-10): 0609608533
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Publishing year: 2001
Publisher: Crown Publishers, New York, New York, U.S.A.

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