Live Flesh

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Open Road Media, Dec 28, 2010 - Fiction - 272 pages
From a New York Times–bestselling author: A terrifying psychological thriller that dives deep into the mind of a sexual predator.

In a remote corner of London, a woman is walking her dog when a man grabs her from behind. She screams, and her attacker flees, escaping into a nearby house, where he finds another victim. Victor Jenner has a compulsion he does not understand—to grab women, to hurt them—and he also has a gun. When it goes off, grievously wounding a police officer, it marks the beginning of a long stretch in jail for Victor.
 
Released ten years later, Victor meets the young policeman he shot—and falls head over heels for the officer’s girlfriend. Back on the street, Victor is torn between the desire to live a better life and the knowledge that he will soon give in to his most evil yearnings.
 
The winner of three Edgar Awards, Ruth Rendell was one of the most celebrated thriller authors of the twentieth century. Live Flesh is “a superb work [and] a compelling psychological portrait” of a dark mind (Philadelphia Daily News).
 

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While I admire the author’s plotting skills, I often grew restless with this novel because page after page of narrative results in a slow read, and I’m a fan of dialogue-heavy stories. Dialogue is in ... Read full review

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Classified as a mystery but is really a psychological study. Victor Jenner is sent to prison for ten years for shooting Officer Fleetwood in the back, paralyzing him for life. Victor has lots of ... Read full review

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Edgar Award–winning author Ruth Rendell (1930–2015) has written more than seventy books that have sold more than 20 million copies worldwide. A fellow of the Royal Society of Literature (London), she is the recipient of the Grand Master Award from the Mystery Writers of America and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Crime Writers’ Association. Rendell’s award-winning novels include A Demon in My View (1976), A Dark-Adapted Eye (1987), and King Solomon’s Carpet (1991). Her popular crime stories featuring Chief Inspector Reginald Wexford were adapted into a long-running British television series (1987–2000) starring George Baker.

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