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Piranha to Scurfy and Other Stories | [Ruth Rendell]

Piranha to Scurfy and Other Stories

The title story is about a man whose life, in a sense, is a book. Life for Ambrose Ribbon is lonely and obsessive without his mother, yet there is one book that he associates particularly with her: Volume VIII of the Encyclopaedia Britannica, 'Piranha to Scurfy'. It marked a very significant moment in their relationship....
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The title story is about a man whose life, in a sense, is a book. Life for Ambrose Ribbon is lonely and obsessive without his mother, yet there is one book that he associates particularly with her: Volume VIII of the Encyclopaedia Britannica, 'Piranha to Scurfy'. It marked a very significant moment in their relationship....

As well as Piranha to Scurfy, these stories are also included: 'Computer Seance', 'Fair Exchange', 'The Wink', 'Catamount', 'Walter’s Leg', 'The Professional', 'The Beach Butler', 'The Astronomical Scarf', 'High Mysterious Union', and 'Myth'.

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What the Critics Say

"Multiple Edgar and Gold Dagger award winner Rendell displays her mastery of spine-tingling suspense in her first short story collection since Blood Lines." (Publishers Weekly)

"These short fictions showcase Ruth Rendell's many gifts, among them the ability to evoke a mood and trap a reader in the deepest recesses of a character's psyche." (Amazon.com review)

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