Gallowglass, Paperback
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"Gallowglass" is a thrilling crime classic from the bestselling, prize-winning author Barbara Vine.

When Sandor snatched little Joe from the path of a London Tube train, he was quick to make clear the terms of the rescue. 'I saved your life,' he told the homeless youngster, 'so your life belongs to me now'.

Sandor began to tell him a fairy-tale: an ageing prince, a kidnapped princess chained by one ankle, a missed rendezvous.

But what did this mysterious story have to do with Sandor's preparations?

Joe had only understood his own role: he was a gallowglass, the servant of a Chief..."On one level this is a novel about kidnapping.

On another its concerns are obsession, the destructive nature of romantic illusions, and love.

As Ms Vine unfolds it, nothing is quite what it seems". ("Guardian"). Gallowglass is a modern crime masterpiece that will have you gripped from the first page to the last.

If you enjoy the novels of P.D. James, Ian Rankin and Scott Turow, you will love this book.

Barbara Vine is the pen-name of Ruth Rendell. She has written fifteen novels using this pseudonym, including "A Fatal Inversion" and "King Solomon's Carpet" which both won the Crime Writers' Association Gold Dagger Award.

Her other books include: "A Dark Adapted Eye"; "The House of Stairs"; "Gallowglass"; "Asta's Book"; "No Night Is Too Long"; "In the Time of His Prosperity"; "The Brimstone Wedding"; "The Chimney Sweeper's Boy"; "Grasshopper"; "The Blood Doctor"; "The Minotaur"; "The Birthday Present" and "The Child's Child".


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
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  • Category: Crime & mystery
  • ISBN: 9780140132052



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I expected it to be better but it's quite good

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