Title Shape of Snakes
Binding Hard Cover
Book Condition As New
Jacket Condition As New
Edition 1st Edition. 1st Impression.
Publisher New York, NY, U.S.A. Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated 2001
0-399-14733-0 / 9780399147333
Signature/Autograph or Inscription Signed by Author
A.B.Normal Book Number 190319
As new in as new DJ protected by Brodart mylar dj cover. Unread copy autographed on publisher's tipped in blank signature page. VERY minor shelf wear to DJ, otherwise as new, unread. From the Publisher The Edgar Award-winning, bestselling author hailed by The Washington Post Book World as "a master of the macabre who imbues her novels with an intensely eerie atmosphere" weaves an astonishing tale of mystery, intrigue, and revenge. In just seven years, Minette Walters has burst from the ranks of mystery writers to become a bestselling author the world over and today's preeminent practitioner of psychological suspense. With constant comparisons to P. D. James and Ruth Rendell and a growing American audience, Walters is poised for breakout success with The Shape of Snakes, her finest, and most finely wrought, novel yet. November 1978. The winter of discontent. Britain is on strike. The dead lie unburied, garbage piles in the streets-and somewhere in West London a black woman dies in a rain-filled gutter. Known as "Mad Annie," she was despised by her neighbors. Her passing would have gone unmourned and unnoticed but for the young woman who finds her and who believes-apparently against reason-that Annie was murdered. But whatever the truth about Annie-whether she was as mad as her neighbors claimed, whether she lived in squalor as the police said, whether she cruelly mistreated the cats found starving in her house-something passed between her and Mrs. Ranelagh in the moment of death that binds this one woman to her cause for the next twenty years. But why is Mrs. Ranelagh so convinced it was murder, when, by her own account, Annie died without speaking? Why does the subject make her husband so angry that he refuses to talk about what happened that night? And why would any woman spend twenty painstaking years uncovering the truth-unlessher reasons are personal? Author Biography: Minette Walters is the author of six previous novels. Her work has been translated into thirty-two languages and has been adapted for television. From The Critics Library Journal An Edgar Award winner whose books are routinely best sellers, Walters has crafted an eerie tale. In 1978 London, with half the country on strike, a woman named Mad Annie dies in the street, unmourned by her scornful neighbors. Only the young Mrs. Ranelagh believes that it is really murder, and she spends 20 years trying to prove it. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information. AudioFile When "Mad Annie," a black woman who suffers from Tourette's syndrome, dies in a gutter in West London in 1978, it changes the lives of everyone in the neighborhood. Particularly affected is Ann Ranelagh, who, convinced that Annie was murdered, spends the next twenty years trying to prove it. Is this a righteous crusade or a vendetta? And just why does she care so much? Frances Barber uses a wide range of voices, accents, and inflections to highlight the class distinctions and racism that propel this tale by one of Britain's most lauded contemporary crime writers. Judiciously, Barber does not attempt to deepen her voice for male characters, but concentrates on their personalities and nationalities to create memorable aural portraits. Barber is particlarly adept at voicing the violent emotions that drive the story without resorting to verbal excess. A.C.S. (c) AudioFile 2001, Portland, Maine . Kirkus Reviews Back in 1978 the Ranelaghs' marriage, none too strong to begin with, nearly foundered over the death of one of their neighbors in the London borough of Richmond upon Thames. Mrs. Ranelagh, encountering Ann Butts outside in their street moments before she died of massive head injuries, was convinced by a spark that passed between them that Mad Annie, despite the taunts directed against her for her race and the tics, especially involuntarily abusive language, caused by Tourette's syndrome, was worth fighting for-and that despite all the evidence that she had drunkenly stumbled into the path of a passing truck, she was murdered. After Mrs. Ranelagh's complaints to the police about everything from Mad Annie's death to a mysterious scratching in the Ranelagh home to a sexual assault outside were dismissed as delusional nuisances, she went abroad with her husband Sam. Now she's had 20 years to gather evidence against the neighbors who, for whatever individual reasons, beat Mad Annie to death, stole her possessions, ignored or assaulted her as she lay dying, and covered it all up. And now that Mrs. Ranelagh is finally back in England, Walters (The Breaker, 1999, etc.) unleashes a withering attack on the former tenants of Graham Road-an attack whose blistering power is only intensified by its patient revelation of layer upon layer of deception by every last party to the outrage. Agatha Christie with the gloves off: a slow-motion train wreck of a novel that not only confirms Walters's kinship with P.D. James and Ruth Rendell, but displays a ferocity far beyond any of their recent work.
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