A Demon in My View
A stand-alone novel published by Hutchinson in 1976
Arthur Johnson doesn’t look like a murderous psychopath. He is a mild-mannered man who has never known how to talk to women.
Years of loneliness have warped his mind, turning his desire for a woman’s love and respect into a pathological need for carefully controlled violence. Locked in the cellar of his building is the perfect willing victim: a woman who waits for Arthur every night. A mannequin in the form of a female.
But when a young scholar of psychopathic personalities moves in downstairs—and Arthur’s mannequin disappears—where will he turn to satisfy his urgent craving for violence?
Winner of the CWA Gold Dagger.
As well as being a classic of suspense, this book marks the high point of Rendell’s gift for seeing the comedy in tragedy.—Jack Kerridge 2
Anthony Perkins plays Arthur Johnson in a 1991 film adaptation.
BBC World Service profile.
Some thoughts on A Demon in My View, an inverted crime story.
Contemporary Reads 3
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Richard Yates - The Easter Parade
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Bob Woodward - Final Days
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Means of Evil: Inside the Mind of Ruth Rendell by Diana Cooper-Clark, The Armchair Detective Vol. 14 Issue 1, Spring 1981 ↩︎
The Best of Ruth Rendell, The Telegraph 2015 ↩︎
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