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Adam and Eve and Pinch Me by Ruth Rendell
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Adam and Eve and Pinch Me (2002)

by Ruth Rendell

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2/12/2010
  MissJessie | Oct 16, 2013 |
A genial con man is involved with several women, one of whom is crazy. What could go wrong? A number of tangled web weavers’ lies intersect in curious ways. Rendell is magnificent at describing how people make bad decisions that make sense at the time, and the way emotions change as time passes. The tension towards the end of this one is deliciously unbearable. ( )
  piemouth | Jun 15, 2013 |
Interesting little book, about what happens when someone's distinction between reality and non-reality becomes blurred.
  nordie | Jul 1, 2011 |
Absolutely adore Ruth Rendell and this one didn't disappoint! Oddball but believable characters like Minty and Jock - good stuff. ( )
  MelissaFreed | Dec 28, 2010 |
This is typical Rendell - well-written characters, some with interesting quirks and some with downright mental illnesses. The story revolves around one man, Jock/Jerry/Jeff (aliases), who touches the lives of many women and not in a good way. He is a user and an opportunist, and this results in some tragic consequences, but there is also a dark humor throughout the book that lightens things up. Very good read. ( )
  CatieN | Nov 14, 2010 |
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Adam and Eve and Pinch Me could well have been a Barbara Vine for its lucid, downbeat exploration of the psyches of dysfunctional people. It is also exciting to see that, so late in her career, Rendell still wants to take chances - for she has given herself the challenge of telling a tale which is part ghost story and part crime novel.
 
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In Adam and Eve and Pinch Me, the mills of the gods appear to have ground Jock Lewis to dust--or have they? Jock's obsessive-compulsive girlfriend, Minty, thinks he was killed in a train crash and is tormented by his ghost. But the cheerfully amoral Jock--AKA Jerry Leach and Jeff Leigh, depending on which woman he's romancing--faked his death to move on to yet another unsuspecting lady. His one legal wife has swept their union hastily under the rug and married a conservative member of Parliament, who has his own urgent secrets. Jock's most recent fiancée, a successful banker, hasn't minded keeping him in the manner to which he's become accustomed--that is, until the day he doesn't come home. When his body is found in a cinema, the intersections of his past collapse in a way that destroys some lives and rebuilds others.

Adam and Eve and Pinch Me is no whodunit: the murderer is known from the outset. The suspense arises from the uncertainty of whether justice will be served. That deftly handled angle draws the reader into the book, while Ruth Rendell's famously acute insight into all forms of borderline madness makes it all so believably chilling. --Barrie Trinkle

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The fates of four people--a woman who is being visited by her late boyfriend's ghost, a gay MP who marries to prevent being outed, a radio talk-show host with an eating disorder, and a black police sergeant--intertwine as a serial killer stalks the streets of London.… (more)

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