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A judgement in stone (original 1977; edition 2000)
by Ruth Rendell
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0375704965, Paperback)What on earth could have provoked a modern day St. Valentine's Day massacre?
On Valentine's Day, four members of the Coverdale family--George, Jacqueline, Melinda and Giles--were murdered in the space of 15 minutes. Their housekeeper, Eunice Parchman, shot them, one by one, in the blue light of a televised performance of Don Giovanni. When Detective Chief Superintendent William Vetch arrests Miss Parchman two weeks later, he discovers a second tragedy: the key to the Valentine's Day massacre hidden within a private humiliation Eunice Parchman has guarded all her life. A brilliant rendering of character, motive, and the heady discovery of truth, A Judgement in Stone is among Ruth Rendell's finest psychological thrillers.
(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:44:03 -0400)
The Coverdales were nice people, practising the arts of gracious living, concerned with treating their new unforthcoming housekeeper as a fellow human being. If in fact they had been less concerned, their lives might conceivably have been spared.
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