Thirteen Steps Down, Paperback Book
3.5 out of 5 (3 ratings)


A classic Rendellian loner, Mix Cellini is superstitious about the number 13.

Living in a decaying house in Notting Hill, Mix is obsessed with 10 Rillington Place, where the notorious John Christie committed a series of foul murders.

He is also infatuated with a beautiful model who lives nearby - a woman who would not look at him twice.

Mix's landlady, Gwendolen Chawcer is equally reclusive - living her life through her library of books.

Both landlady and lodger are caught up in their own psychologically twisted parallel worlds.

But when reality intrudes into Mix's life, a long pent-up violence explodes.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Cornerstone
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  • Category: Crime & mystery
  • ISBN: 9780099474326

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This is a story of obsession and murder and how far people will go to protect a favourite and prized image and idea of themselves.Mix Callini is living in Gwendolen Chawcer's house, mostly because it's close to 10 Rillington Place wheree John Christie committed a series of murders. He's also infatuated with Nerissa Nash, a model who lives nearby and would do anything to get closer to her.Gwendolyn is a woman who has been left behind by life and now lives in books, trying to hold on to the values of her youth in the face of modern England.And on the face of it it could have been a very good book, but it falls a bit flat and sometimes you're just waiting for something to happen so when it does it's rather ho-hum.Diverting but not her best.

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The mixture of events and characters is wonderful as they weave back and forth to form an intricate fabric of happenings. It was almost like building a house of cards that falls apart in a little series of endings. Ruth Rendell writes absorbing thrillers that move right along---- she knows exactly where she is going as she writes toward the end she has in mind, pulling readers right along, providing little surprises with what happens next every time.

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A return to form for Ruth Rendell with this dark and claustrophobic tale set in her beloved London. Taking some of her familiar themes - obsession, mistaken identity, mental instability and a crime committed in the past, Rendell expertly re-works them to produce a rich and compelling psychological mystery. She has often said that one of her primary goals as a novelist is to produce well-plotted and exciting fiction, and this she certainly does. <br/><br/>© Koplowitz 2012 <br/>

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