The Minotaur by Barbara Vine
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From the author Time magazine calls “the best mystery writer in the English-speaking world,” comes an elegant and gripping new novel that blurs the line between psychological suspense and Gothic horror. Kerstin Krist arrives at the vine-covered Lydstep Old Hall in rural Essex to care for John Cosway, a former mathematical genius, who has been diagnosed with schizophrenia and kept under heavy sedation. John is the sole heir of the immense Cosway estate. As he takes his daily walks or sits quivering in a labyrinthine library, the rest of the family plots their own ways of coming into the fortune. It is classic Barbara Vine–an absolutely enthralling tale that keeps turning and twisting until the very last page.

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About Barbara Vine

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Barbara Vine's first novel, A Dark-Adapted Eye, won an Edgar Award, the highest individual honor of the Mystery Writers of America. A Fatal Inversion won the English equivalent, the Crime Writers Gold Dagger Award. Her most recent novel, The Brimstone Wedding, was published in 1996. She lives in London.From the Hardcover edition.
Published March 13, 2007 by Vintage. 354 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Biographies & Memoirs, History, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Crime. Fiction

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The more Kerstin learns about the Cosways, in fact, the more sympathetic she is to John, who’s condemned to be regarded as a monstrous minotaur within the labyrinth of Lydstep’s locked library, and the more like minotaurs she finds the whole sick crew that surrounds him in breathtakingly hypocrit...

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To keep this San Diego detective from being chewed up alive during an investigation of municipal fraud and corruption, Parker gives him a secret weapon — a neurological condition called synesthesia that allows him to gauge people's true feelings by little colored shapes he sees floating out of th...

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Thereafter Ida and Julia accused one another, and the investigation only ended when Julia died in a manor house fire reminiscent of Jane Eyre.

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Publishers Weekly

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British master Vine (aka Ruth Rendell) explores life among the Cosways, a country gentry clan that makes the Wuthering Heights crowd look wholesome.

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Worse, John does not exhibit any of the characteristic symptoms of schizophrenia and Kerstin becomes certain that John's illness was misdiagnosed.

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