The Tree of Hands by Ruth Rendell

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A young boy dies, another goes missing, and one mother’s choice will forever alter many lives When Benet’s young son dies on the operating table, she cannot be comforted—not even by her mother who cares for a young boy just about the same age. Meanwhile, another mother’s son goes missing, and police circle around possible suspects in what must be murder. These three mothers—the schizophrenic Mopsa, upwardly mobile Benet, and gold-digging Carol—become forever entwined by death, delusion, kidnapping, and murder, and one woman’s loss becomes another’s gain. With deft characterization and keen insight, Rendell presents a complex, real exploration of morality and a mother’s love in this Crime Writers’ Association Macallan Silver Dagger award–winning novel. 


About Ruth Rendell

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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 writes under the pseudonym Barbara Vine. Rendell has received many awards for her writing, including the Silver, Gold, and Cartier Diamond Daggers from the Crime Writers' Association, three Edgars from the Mystery Writers of America, The Arts Council National Book Awards, and The Sunday Times Literary Award. 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 December 28, 2010 by Open Road Media. 324 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Horror, Crime. Fiction

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