By Ruth. (Writing as Barbara Vine) Rendell
Publisher:HARMONY. NY 1992, (1/1/1900)

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Roz Morris's thoughts on "KING SOLOMON'S CARPET."
updated on:7/9/2012

Shame on me, but I've never read either Ruth or her alter ego Barbara. Crime fiction, RR's usual genre, doesn't get me excited at all. But a friend recommended this... and I'm so glad she did.
First of all, it's steeped in the mysteries of the Underground - I'm a real London Tube freak. Second, the lady has earned her golden daggers and whatnot. Interesting, conflicted characters who get their hooks into you and you want to get back to. Terrific descriptive passages - either of the minutae of a personally significant but seemingly trivial act, or heart-stopping action sequences. And nothing is as it seems - in a very good way.
Strangely, it doesn't start too well. There's a lot of time spent on a character who isn't relevant, even in hindsight and allowing that the author might be aiming for thematic resonance. Then there's an enormous back-story dump I'm not convinced we need either. But persevere, for once the story gets going, it's terrific.
Bravo, BarbaraRuth, this book's a keeper.

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By Ruth. (Writing as Barbara Vine) Rendell

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