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A Dark-Adapted Eye

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"A Dark-Adapted Eye" - a prize-winning crime classic by bestselling author Barbara Vine. This is the winner of the Crime Writers' Association Gold Dagger Award. "A rich, complex and beautifully crafted novel". (P.D. James). "Compulsively readable ...a carefully devised plot unfolded with the most cunning art. Wilkie Collins and Dickens would have admired it". ("Sunday Times"). Like most families they had their secrets...And they hid them under a genteelly respectable veneer. No onlooker would guess that prim Vera Hillyard and her beautiful, adored younger sister, Eden, were locked in a dark and bitter combat over one of those secrets. England in the fifties was not kind to women who erred, so they had to use every means necessary to keep the truth hidden behind closed doors - even murder. "Brilliantly plotted. Vine is not afraid to walk down the mean streets of the mind and can build up an almost tangible atmosphere of menace and unease". ("Daily Telegraph"). "Will linger in your memory long after you have closed the book. A first-rate novel". ("Washington Post"). "A Dark-Adapted Eye" is modern classic. If you enjoy the crime novels of P.D. James, Ian Rankin and Scott Turow, you will love this book. Barbara Vine is the pen-name of Ruth Rendell. She has written fifteen novels using this pseudonym, including "A Fatal Inversion" and "King Solomon's Carpet" which both won the Crime Writers' Association Gold Dagger Award. Her other books include: "A Dark Adapted Eye"; "The House of Stairs"; "Gallowglass"; "Asta's Book"; "No Night Is Too Long"; "In the Time of His Prosperity"; "The Brimstone Wedding"; "The Chimney Sweeper's Boy"; "Grasshopper"; "The Blood Doctor"; "The Minotaur"; "The Birthday Present" and "The Child's Child". Hide synopsis

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Overall customer rating: 5.000
Scott C

Fabulous

by Scott C on Apr 25, 2013

Fabulous, Fabulous, Fabulous! Rarely do I read a book this delightful. There are many instances of intelligent humor, so well executed, that extended laughter is unavoidable. Very human characters, excellent historical treatment. I read this because it was high on a list. I'm glad I did.

JONAA

Vine Surpasses Rendell

by JONAA on May 10, 2009

It's very odd that the great Ruth Rendell even considered writing under a pen-name, and odder still that the results would be superior to her already high level of accomplishment. This novel about a family that makes the term dysfunctional seem inadequate, yet very familiar somehow, has a number of praise-worthy features, including a fine grasp of life on the home front in World War II. Rendell brings her exceptional skill as a craftswoman of literary expression to the task, as one might expect, but also a welcome sense of restraint and proportion, coupled to her already honed ability with plot and pace.

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