The Crocodile Bird
A stand-alone novel published by Hutchinson in 1993
Liza is not your average teenager. Sixteen years old, she lives with her mother, Eve, in a secluded gatehouse, which she has never been allowed to leave. There was only enough room for two in their cocoon; intruders entered at their peril, only to mysteriously disappear.
Liza is not the only one to discover the truth behind her mother’s pathological violence or the dead bodies. When the police arrive on their doorstep, Eve throws her daughter into the real world to protect her from the consequences of her chilling crimes.
As Liza runs into the arms of her secret lover, she begins to see the logic behind her mother’s gruesome crimes, and must accept the possibility that she has inherited Eve’s lust for murder.
The symbiotic relationship between the crocodile and the Egyptian Plover bird.
Louie Ramsay and George Baker with guest Ruth Rendell at their wedding in 1993. —@tabardroad
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