Adam and Eve and Pinch Me: A Novel (Vintage Crime/Black Lizard) by Ruth Rendell

Ruth Rendell is the award-winning author of the Chief Inspector Wexford mysteries.

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Adam and Eve and Pinch Me: A Novel (Vintage Crime/Black Lizard) by Ruth Rendell


Features

  • Paperback: 368 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.84 x 8.00 x 5.15
  • Publisher: Vintage Books; (January 14, 2003)
  • ISBN: 1400031184


    Reader Reviews
    Riveting Portrait of Madness, August 10, 2003 Reviewer: crazyforgems from Wellesley, MA United States Ruth Rendell excels in her ability to describe-and shade-the various forms of madness as well as mental illness. "Adam and Eve and Pinch Me" tells the tale of "Jock Lewis"-also known by several other aliases-who charms various women into believing he is their one and only. And he does this all at the same time. His victims include Fiona, a hardworking merchant banker; Natalie, a sharp journalist; Zillah, the mother of his two children and the only one who is totally on to him (and also his legal wife); and most memorably, Minty, an obsessive compulsive woman who works in a dry cleaning store. Various other sharply drawn characters surround the main ones including Fiona's married neighbors, an anorexic man and his obese wife. The book focuses on the disappearance-and reappearance-of Jock and his subsequent murder. In many ways, despite his ne'er to do ways, he seems the most stable individual in the entire book. Much of "Adam and Eve and Pinch Me" is spent on the impact of his behavior on those around him and the choices these individuals are forced to make (Zillah, for instance, enters into a bigamous marriage with a gay politician to support her children.) I recommend this book for those individuals who are fans of Rendell's and the English mystery genre. I caution readers that this is not your typical "Who dunnit?"--in many ways it is a "Why did he or she do it and who else could have?"

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