The Reason Why by Ruth Rendell
An Anthology of the Murderous Mind

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One of the world's most acclaimed mystery writers presents an anthology of literary depictions of murder that delves into the human passions, terrors, and foibles that incite the act and linger in its wake. Includes such writers as Sophocles, Shakespeare, Tolstoy, Poe, George Eliot, Thomas Hardy, Albert Camus, Graham Greene, P.D. James, Truman Capote, and Norman Mailer.

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Ruth Rendell was born in Essex, England on February 17, 1930. She was educated at Loughton County High School. Rendell began her career as a journalist. She wrote six novels before sending her work in to a publisher. She writes crime novels and psychological thrillers, and is best known for her Inspector Wexford books. Rendell also write under the pseudonym Barbara Vine. She is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. Many of her titles have been made into films and made-for-tv movies.
Published January 1, 1995 by Jonathan Cape (1995).. 320 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Rendell's interest, here as in her own fiction, is in the springs that impel people to murder, not the act itself, and her eight chapters are divided according to different motives--family loves and hatreds, revenge, gain, guilt and remorse, escaping threatened consequences, self-styled duty, psy...

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So are Rendell's brief introductory comments to each selection, e.g., ``A Mistreated wife takes revenge for a death.'' Rendell, brilliant at using narrative arc and duration to build suspense in her own writing, knows better.

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