She waits for him in the dark, her mind and body perfect, passive, until one day, when he goes to the cellar, and she is gone . . .
In A Demon in My View
, Ruth Rendell creates a character as frightening as he is fascinating. Mild-mannered Arthur Johnson has never known how to talk to women. And his loneliness has perverted his desire for love and respect into a carefully controlled penchant for violence. One floor below him, a scholar finishing his thesis on psychopathic personalities is about to stumble—quite literally—upon one of Arthur's many secrets. Haunting and intelligent, A Demon in My View
shows the startling results of this chilling alchemy of two very disparate minds—one pathological and the other obsessed with pathology.
"A distinguished storyteller at the very height of her powers." —Sunday Express
"Ruth Rendell is the best mystery writer in the English-speaking world." —Time
"No one can take you so totally into the recesses of the human mind as does Ruth Rendell." —The Christian Science Monitor
"If there were a craft guild for writers, I'd apprentice myself to Ruth Rendell." —Sue Grafton