Dark Corners

Dark Corners

A Novel

Book - 2015
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When his father dies, Carl Martin inherits a house in an increasingly rich and trendy London neighbourhood. Cash poor, Carl rents the upstairs room and kitchen to the first person he interviews, Dermot McKinnon. That is mistake number one. Mistake number two is keeping the bizarre collection of "cures" that his father left in the medicine cabinet, including a stash of controversial diet pill. Mistake number three is selling fifty of those diet pills to a friend, who is then found dead. Dermot seizes the nefarious opportunity to balckmail Carl, refusing to pay rent and creepily invading Carl's space. Ingeniously weaving together two storylines, Rendell describes one man's spiral into darkness--and murder--as he falls victim to a diabolical foe he cannot escape.
Publisher: [Toronto, Ontario] : Doubleday Canada, 2015
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780385685856
0385685858
Branch Call Number: FIC
Characteristics: 279 pages ; 24 cm

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When Carl's tenant starts blackmailing him, what is Carl to do? Ruth Rendell, "the most astonishing imagination in British crime fiction", explores the complexities of criminal motive and the psychology of trauma.

When Carl's tenant starts blackmailing him, what is Carl to do? Ruth Rendell, "the most astonishing imagination in British crime fiction", explores the complexities of criminal motive and the psychology of trauma.

After his father’s death, Carl Martin inherits a home along with his father’s belongings. Short on cash, he must rent out part of the home and he sells some of his father’s homeopathic cures. When the friend that he sells the cures to turns up dead and his tenant noticed, Carl finds himself at th... Read More »


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VaughanPLZena Dec 16, 2016

Another gem from Ruth Rendell which is sadly her last book. This time instead of seeing things from a psychopath's perspective, we witness a seemingly ordinary man who due to an error in judgment becomes prey to a blackmailer and spirals down to emotional and moral darkness.

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matcat44
Jan 07, 2016

Disappointing read. Some of the storylines went nowhere.

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AuntieAnne
Dec 12, 2015

Found this a very difficult book to read. There are far too many "coincidences" that simply beggar belief and the story jumps around in a very disjointed manner. I often read good books several times, but this is not one that I will be looking for again.

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gloryb
Dec 01, 2015

In this story, the bullies get murdered when all the bullied had to do was to say a forceable, "No!" Rendell provides the story of 3 characters who lives become interwoven. She shows how an ordinary, moral person can be driven to commit murder, but then can such a person live with that knowledge? Just short of 300 pages - an afternoon of easy reading, but frustrating as the male character doesn't know how to handle the situation he is in.

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secretarybird
Nov 19, 2015

Another top read from Ruth Rendell. I read this book in 3 days because it had me in its grip from page 1. Easy to read at the same time as having her usual interweaving of characters that she expertly brings together to create a gripping novel.

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