Portobello: A Novel

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Simon and Schuster, Jul 26, 2011 - Fiction - 290 pages
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INCLUDES AN EXCERPT OF RENDELL’S FINAL NOVEL, DARK CORNERS

Ruth Rendell is widely considered to be crime fiction’s reigning queen, with a remarkable career spanning more than forty years. Now, in Portobello, she delivers a captivating and intricate tale that weaves together the troubled lives of several people in the gentrified neighborhood of London’s Notting Hill.

Walking to the shops one day, fifty-year-old Eugene Wren discovers an envelope on the street bulging with cash. A man plagued by a shameful addiction—and his own good intentions—Wren hatches a plan to find the money’s rightful owner. Instead of going to the police, or taking the cash for himself, he prints a notice and posts it around Portobello Road. This ill-conceived act creates a chain of events that links Wren to other Londoners—people afflicted with their own obsessions and despairs. As these volatile characters come into Wren’s life—and the life of his trusting fiancée—the consequences will change them all.

Portobello is a wonderfully complex tour de force featuring a dazzling depiction of one of London’s most intriguing neighborhoods—and the dangers beneath its newly posh veneer.
 

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User Review  - bsiemens - LibraryThing

I thought that I would be reading a crime fiction. At 32 pages, I have only seen intricate character descriptions. This marks the first time that I have considered the negative side of the word ... Read full review

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User Review  - JalenV - LibraryThing

There's no mystery about the murder, but Portobello is a novel full of interesting characters whose lives intersect. Not everyone will get a happy ending, but enough of them do. Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
6
Section 3
11
Section 4
23
Section 5
32
Section 6
41
Section 7
52
Section 8
69
Section 18
170
Section 19
181
Section 20
190
Section 21
200
Section 22
209
Section 23
220
Section 24
229
Section 25
238

Section 9
77
Section 10
88
Section 11
100
Section 12
107
Section 13
115
Section 14
125
Section 15
141
Section 16
151
Section 17
160
Section 26
246
Section 27
253
Section 28
262
Section 29
270
Section 30
279
Section 31
288
Section 32
295
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About the author (2011)

Ruth Rendell (1930–2015) won three Edgar Awards, the highest accolade from Mystery Writers of America, as well as four Gold Daggers and a Diamond Dagger for outstanding contribution to the genre from England’s prestigious Crime Writ­ers’ Association. Her remarkable career spanned a half century, with more than sixty books published. A member of the House of Lords, she was one of the great literary figures of our time.

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