Make Death Love Me
A Ruth Rendell stand-alone novel published by Hutchinson in 1979
Alan Groombridge is trapped. Husband to a woman he doesn’t like, father to two children he never wanted, and manager of a tiny branch of the Anglian-Victoria bank, he is doomed to a life of domestic boredom and tedious routine. All that keeps him afloat is his one fantasy: stealing enough of the bank’s money to allow him just one year of freedom - one year in which to live a different sort of life.
But one day, the bank is robbed, the manager and cashier disappear and what was once a place of dull and dreary repetition becomes the scene of a brutal, chilling nightmare that might never end.
- Shortlisted for best novel at the Edgars and winner of the Martin Beck Award for best crime novel in translation in 1980.
Contemporary Reads 2
William Styron - Sophie’s Choice
Primo Levi - If This Is a Man
Agatha Christie - Miss Marple’s Final Cases
Ellis Peters - One Corpse Too Many
Colin Dexter - Service of All the Dead
Norman Mailer - The Executioner’s Song
Means of Evil: Inside the Mind of Ruth Rendell by Diana Cooper-Clark, The Armchair Detective Vol. 14 Issue 1, Spring 1981 ↩︎
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