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King Solomon's Carpet
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  • Published: 29 May 2009
  • ISBN: 9780141932453
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 368
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King Solomon's Carpet


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Six of Barbara Vine's bestselling backlist titles stunningly rejacketed to coincide with the paperback of The Birthday Present

Jarvis Stringer lives in a crumbling schoolhouse overlooking a tube line, compiling his obsessive, secret history of London's Underground. His presence and his strange house draw a band of misfits into his orbit: young Alice, who has run away from her husband and baby; Tom, the busker who rescues her; truant Jasper who gets his kicks on the tube; and mysterious Axel, whose dark secret later casts a shadow over all of their lives.

Dispossessed and outcast, those who come to inhabit Jarvis's schoolhouse are gradually brought closer together in violent and unforeseen ways by London's forbidding and dangerous Underground...

  • Pub date: 29 May 2009
  • ISBN: 9780141932453
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 368

About the Author

Barbara Vine

Barbara Vine is the pen-name of Ruth Rendell. Viking have published her twelve previous novels, including A Dark Adapted Eye, which won the Crime Writer's association Gold Dagger Award, and more recently Grasshopper, The Blood Doctor and The Minotaur. Ruth Rendell sits in the house of Lords as a Labour peer. She lives in Maida Vale, London.

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