King Solomon's Carpet by Ruth Rendell
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In the Gold Dagger Award–winning crime novel, a young man writing a history of London’s Underground must contend with a killer living under his own roof

All his young life, Jarvis Stringer has obsessed over the London Underground. Now he’s writing a detailed history of the subway, and to make money in the meantime he rents out cheap rooms in the crumbling former schoolhouse he’s inherited, all to desperate single mothers, buskers, subway vigilantes, and assorted misfits. But when one of his boarders turns out to be a murderer, Jarvis becomes distracted from his work—to say the very least. King Solomon’s Carpet is an absorbing depiction of London’s subterranean landscape and of those eking out invisible lives beneath society’s surfaces.
 

About Ruth Rendell

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Barbara Vine is the author of "The Chimney Sweeper's Boy" (Harmony, 1998), "The Brimstone Wedding" (Harmony, 1995), & "Anna's Book" (Harmony, 1993). She lives in London, England.
 
Published February 22, 2011 by Open Road Media Mystery & Thriller. 372 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime, Arts & Photography. Fiction

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King Solomon's magic carpet is the London Underground, running past the disused old school building that houses the most ill- assorted covey that Vine (Ruth Rendell) has brought together since A Fatal Inversion for this updating of Conrad's novel of terrorist conspiracy, The Secret Agent.

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Imbued with a sense of foreboding so palpable that readers will turn nearly every page with deep apprehension, this lyrical, leisurely paced psychological thriller teems with deftly drawn characters w

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Vine (the pseudonymous Ruth Rendell) offers a lyrical, leisurely paced psychological thriller that teems with deftly drawn characters who inhabit a dark world centered in the London Underground. (June

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Vine (the pseudonymous Ruth Rendell) offers a lyrical, leisurely paced psychological thriller that teems with deftly drawn characters who inhabit a dark world centered in the London Underground.

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