Talking to Strange Men, Paperback
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Safe houses and secret message drops, double crosses and defections - it sounds like the stuff of sophisticated espionage, but the agents are only schoolboys engaged in harmless play, unaware of the danger awaiting them if their messages were intercepted...John Creevey doesn't know the truth behind the mysterious codes he is reading.

To him, the messages he decodes with painstaking care are the communications of dangerous and evil men.

As he comes face to face with the reality of his beloved wife Jennifer's defection, he begins to see a way to get back at the man she left him for, a man with a disturbing connection to schoolboys...And soon the schoolboys are playing more than just a game.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Cornerstone
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Crime & mystery
  • ISBN: 9780099535300



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This is the first Ruth Rendell I've read and I really enjoyed it. The plot is very clever and I really liked how the author managed to interweave two apparently separate stories. The characterization was also very well done. It's always great to find an author who combines suspense and mystery with compelling characterizations. There are many crime/mystery writers who are good at plotting and setting up puzzles, but are short on just about every other literary skill. Rendell is the whole package. I will definitely read some more of her works.

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