Thirteen Steps Down

Thirteen Steps Down

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Mix Cellini is obsessed. And not just with the supermodel he’s been stalking. He’s also endlessly fascinated by the life of Reggie Christie, the infamous serial killer hanged fifty years ago.

So when things get difficult—his snoopy landlady and her friends watch him with growing suspicion and the object of his desire ignores him—Mix turns to his hero, Reggie Christie, for inspiration. And Reggie was a man for whom murder began as a practical solution and became a matter of appetite.

In Thirteen Steps Down, Ruth Rendell masterfully interweaves the multiple narratives that connect the angry young man who longs for recognition, the young model he dreams about, and his elderly spinster landlady, who has found a reason to hope that romance may still find a way into her life. Chilling, charming, and utterly compelling, Thirteen Steps Down winds its way to a conclusion that defies the reader’s expectations in every way. This is psychological suspense at its very best.

Baker & Taylor
Elderly Gwendolyn Chawcer and her colorful group of friends become increasingly suspicious of her tenant, Michael "Mix" Cellini, an eccentric who idolizes serial killer Reggie Christie, as his odd behavior and obsessions take an ever darker turn.

Blackwell North Amer
Mix Cellini is obsessed. And not just with the supermodel he's been stalking. He's also endlessly fascinated by the life of Reggie Christie, the infamous serial killer hanged fifty years ago. So when things get difficult - his snoopy landlady and her friends watch him with growing suspicion and the object of his desire ignores him - Mix turns to his hero, Reggie Christie, for inspiration. And Reggie was a man for whom murder began as a practical solution and became a matter of appetite.
In Thirteen Steps Down, Ruth Rendell interweaves the multiple narratives that connect the angry young man who longs for recognition, the young model he dreams about, and his elderly spinster landlady, who has found a reason to hope that romance may still find a way into her life.

Baker
& Taylor

Elderly Gwendolyn Chawcer and her colorful group of friends become increasingly suspicious of her tenant, Michael "Mix" Cellini, an eccentric with an obsession for a model he has only seen once, who idolizes serial killer Reggie Christie, as his odd behavior and obsessions take an ever darker turn. 100,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Crown Publishers, [2005]
Edition: First American edition
Copyright Date: ©2005
ISBN: 9781400098422
1400098424
Branch Call Number: MYS Rendell, R 2005
Characteristics: 340 pages ; 25 cm
Alternative Title: 13 steps down

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May 11, 2015

A very good story about a man who is a stalker of a beautiful model and also is obsessed with Reggie Christie ( a serial killer in London in the 1950's )
He lodges in an old house owned by an eccentric old lady who never cleans her house and is still in love with an old flame from 50 years ago. She never married. There are 2 murders and a surprise ending. Couldn't put the book down !

I was drawn by the name of Ruth Rendell, I believe she may have had stories put on tv, anyway I mostly got it for my mom to read as she likes reading almost anything.

Before she looked at it, I started reading and to be blunt I was turned off by the subject matter and stopped reading, therefore my low rating of this book. In this world of "shock" tv shows, I prefer gentler reads for the most part (though even my dad, an author, writes for shock value it would seem).

I realize my review is jarring when placed against the other three but it is my opinion. I won't be reading any other books by this author most likely, unlike with the late Maeve Binchy. I have read almost all of her books.

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mudflapflossy
Jun 10, 2012

I just read Ruth Rendell’s “The Crocodile Bird” & “The Water’s Lovely” which were both excellent. Read great reviews on this one and was all set for a similarly enjoyable read. It was such a letdown. The story is agonizingly drawn out, every character is either just dull, out-and-out dislikeable or in most cases both, so I couldn’t empathize with them at all. I think I'll give reading Ruth Rendell a break for now

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thereseq
Jan 18, 2011

Gruesomely wonderful, like the best of Rendell's fiction! She has an uncanny knack for getting inside the heads of her creepy anti-heroes, making their bizarre behaviour seem almost logical. Certainly she renders them strangely sympathetic.

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jarenas
Sep 29, 2010

I could not put this book down and couldn't wait to return to it! A must read for Ruth Rendell fans. Possibly her best piece of work.

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