Thirteen Steps Down
A stand-alone novel published by Hutchinson in 2004
A classic Rendellian loner, Mix Cellini is superstitious about the number 13. Living in a decaying house in Notting Hill, Mix is obsessed with 10 Rillington Place, where the notorious Christie committed a series of foul murders. He is also infatuated with a beautiful model who lives nearby - a woman who would not look at him twice.
Mix’s landlady, Gwendolen Chawcer is equally reclusive - living her life through her library of books. Both landlady and lodger inhabit weird worlds of their own. But when reality intrudes into Mix’s life, long pent-up violence explodes.
Dedication: To P.D. James, with affection and admiration.
Ruth Rendell visits the Notting Hill locations used in Thirteen Steps Down.
Leonard Lopate interviews Ruth Rendell in New York.
Adapted for TV by Adrian Hodges in 2012.
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Andrea Levy - Small Island
A salute to Ruth Rendell, Toronto Star 2015. ↩︎
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