A stand-alone novel published by Hutchinson in 1990
In Rendell’s evocative portrayal of West London, the run-down areas of Notting Hill Gate and the mews houses of Holland Park are not streets, but worlds, apart. When these two worlds collide, the repercussions are fatal.
Guy and Leonora were childhood sweethearts and belonged to the same criminal gang. But as the wealthy Leonora grew older, they grew apart, and Guy’s innocent love turned into a dangerous, psychopathic obsession.
When Leonora announces her engagement, Guy knows there must be some mistake and is determined to right it at any cost. As he becomes the victim of his murderous madness, nobody is safe.
Twelve episodes read by Crawford Logan for BBC Woman’s Hour in 1991.
Dramatised by Robert East for BBC Radio 4 in 1995.
Adapted for TV by Julian Bond in 1998.
Contemporary Reads 2
Reginald Hill - Bones and Silence
Penelope Fitzgerald - The Gate of Angels
James Ellroy - L.A. Confidential
William Boyd - Brazzaville Beach
A.S. Byatt - Possession
Henning Mankell - Faceless Killers