4 Page-Turning Novels to Pick Up Now
These new books are packed with suspense and plot twists. Hang on!
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An undisputed master of crime fiction, Ruth Rendell's posthumously
published last book is a calculated, slow burn. The protagonist, Carl
Martin, is horrified when he learns that he has accidentally caused the death
of a childhood friend, a well-known actress. Her demise—from diet
pills—is all over the tabloids. Carl sold her the pills from his late
father's leftover stash, not realizing they could cause heart failure.
Meanwhile, his creepy tenant Dermot circles in, saying, "I think you should
know that while I'm a believer, a pretty strict follower of the Christian
faith, a church-goer, as you may have noticed, I haven't any of what some
people call honor." Yep, Dermot knows what Carl did, and he begins to blackmail
him for free rent. As the demands escalate, Carl continues to acquiesce,
despite his girlfriend's urging him to come clean. But Carl can't, or won't,
until well...everything explodes. A subplot involving a young woman conniving
to claim the actress's apartment adds some dark comic
relief. Only Rendell can show us how chillingly easy it is for ordinary people
to slide into criminal behavior.
— Dawn Raffel