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  • Published: 5 July 2012
  • ISBN: 9781448106837
  • Imprint: Cornerstone Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 352
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The Saint Zita Society




Ruth Rendell's new psychological thriller is a gripping examination of society. And the darkness is never far away . . .

When millionaire banker, Preston Still, kills his wife's lover by pushing him down the stairs, he looks to the family au-pair to help him dispose of the body.

But the au pair belongs to the Saint Zita Society, a self-formed group of drivers, nannies and gardeners, who are servants to the rich - and whose intentions are not entirely benign.

Accident murder, illicit affairs, and a young man recently released from a hospital for the criminally insane come together with devastating consequences in Ruth Rendell's gripping new crime novel.

  • Pub date: 5 July 2012
  • ISBN: 9781448106837
  • Imprint: Cornerstone Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 352

About the Author

Ruth Rendell

Ruth Rendell was an exceptional crime writer, and will be remembered as a legend in her own lifetime. Her groundbreaking debut novel, From Doon With Death, was first published in 1964 and introduced the reader to her enduring and popular detective, Inspector Reginald Wexford, who went on to feature in twenty-four of her subsequent novels.

With worldwide sales of approximately 20 million copies, Rendell was a regular Sunday Times bestseller. Her sixty bestselling novels include police procedurals, some of which have been successfully adapted for TV, stand-alone psychological mysteries, and a third strand of crime novels under the pseudonym Barbara Vine. Very much abreast of her times, the Wexford books in particular often engaged with social or political issues close to her heart.

Rendell won numerous awards, including the Crime Writers’ Association Gold Dagger for 1976’s best crime novel with A Demon in My View, a Gold Dagger award for Live Flesh in 1986, and the Sunday Times Literary Award in 1990. In 2013 she was awarded the Crime Writers’ Association Cartier Diamond Dagger for sustained excellence in crime writing. In 1996 she was awarded the CBE and in 1997 became a Life Peer.

Ruth Rendell died in May 2015. Her final novel, Dark Corners, was published in October 2015.

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Praise for The Saint Zita Society

“Rendell deploys her unadorned prose style to create memorable characters and nail-biting suspense.”

Sunday Times

“This is a rip-roaring crime caper that will have you on the edge of your seat and will keep you guessing until the very last pages.”

Daily Express

“Probably the greatest living crime writer in the world”

Ian Rankin

“As a page-turner there are few who can match Ruth”

Colin Dexter

“Unequivocally, the most brilliant mystery writer of our time. She magnificently triumphs in a style that is uniquely hers and mesmerising”

Patricia Cornwell

“Rendell is a great storyteller who knows how to make sure that the reader has to turn the pages out of a desperate need to find out what is going to happen next”

John Mortimer

“There are quite a few Ruth Rendells: the doyenne of the traditional English detective novel; the queen of the psychological thriller; the celebrated author of the literary thriller; and her most recent incarnation, as a writer of blackly comic fairy tales set in London.”

Mail on Sunday

“To read her nowadays is akin to quaffing a glass of what the fake princess calls ‘TDTINW’ – the drink that is never wrong – champagne. She is exhilarating, makes you giggle yet leaves you with an acidic aftertaste.”

Evening Standard

“Rendell is excellent on the delicate snobbery of the uneasy territory in between the social classes... The novel’s plot forms a complex web in which power sways back and forth between employer and employed.”

Belfast Telegraph


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