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Portobello : a novel
Rendell, Ruth
Adult Fiction RENDELL

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From Publishers' Weekly:

London's Portobello Road, a street fabled for its shops and outdoor market, provides the backdrop for Edgar-winner Rendell's superlative suspense novel, which features a cast of colorful characters from varied classes and walks of life. Secretive 50-year-old Eugene Wren, who's addicted to cheap candy lozenges, is toying with marrying his longtime girlfriend, physician Ella Cotswold. Rootless Lance Platt cases the neighborhood for costly homes he can break into, and clashes with his great-uncle, Gilbert Gibson, a former burglar who now preaches the gospel. One man's losing 115 pounds triggers a series of coincidences that brings this disparate lot closer together, toward haphazard violence and death. Rendell (The Water's Lovely) is particularly adept at portraying young people just a dole check away from homelessness as well as the carelessness and callousness of the book's upper-middle-class characters. Her style has become ever more spare while retaining its subtle psychology and vivid sense of place. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Well-to-do Eugene Wren finds an envelope full of cash and decides that the proper thing to do is to put a notice in the newspaper to locate the rightful owner. Of course, more than one person tries to claim the lost money, and Eugene's life becomes intertwined with two of the claimants: one, a sad and mentally ill young man who becomes obsessed with Eugene's fiancee, the second, petty criminal Lance Platt, who schemes to rob Eugene and his neighbors. Rendell excels at drawing readers into the minds of her most neurotic characters. Her dry humor and wit shine as she describes the world through their eyes. Verdict The author's (The Water's Lovely, 13 Steps Down) latest work is engrossing psychological suspense, which will keep readers engaged from start to finish. Highly recommended.-Linda Oliver, Colorado Springs, CO (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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