Ruth Rendell – The Rottweiler
Ruth Rendell is one of the grande dames of English crime fiction, and this gripping psychological thriller is a tale you’ll find hard to switch off, and even harder to forget.
The Rottweiler is set in London, specifically the area around a small antique shop in Marylebone owned by one of the story’s protagonists, Inez Ferry. A lonely widow trying to make ends meet, Inez rents out the spare rooms of her property to an eclectic and intriguing group of individuals, and it is on their interactions that the story focuses. Of course, this being a Ruth Rendell mystery it isn’t long before the first body is discovered, and no one is above suspicion.
Who is the murderous ‘Rottweiler’, what are his or her motives, if any, and where will they strike next? As a series of clues begin to emerge in Inez’ shop, the truth may be closer to home than anyone would like to believe. As paranoia and fear set in, Rendell deftly plays with the preconceptions of her audience, blending elements of popular psychology with rip-roaring entertainment. This unabridged reading by Nigel Anthony will draw you in and place a stranglehold on your nerves from start to finish.