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A lonely man stumbles into a dangerous game in this twisting novel of psychological suspense by the New York Times–bestselling author of The Crocodile Bird.
In a desolate alley on the bank of the Thames, a spy slips through the shadows. Mungo is the Director General of English intelligence, and he knows Moscow Centre has been watching him for weeks, but there is no spy in London better at losing a tail. Satisfied he hasn’t been followed, he drops off his message and disappears into the night. It’s a classic scene of Cold War espionage, save for one detail: Mungo isn’t a spy at all. He’s a teenager, playing an epic game of make-believe.
John Creevey, still reeling from the implosion of his marriage, is dreaming of taking revenge against his wife’s lover when he discovers one of Mungo’s coded signals. Unaware that the message is simply part of a child’s game, he becomes obsessed with uncovering the rest of the spy network—a tragic misunderstanding that threatens to turn this imaginary war into something very real—and very deadly.
“Rendell has brilliantly interwoven these compelling strands into one masterful tale of suspense,” writes Library Journal. Three-time Edgar Award winner Ruth Rendell was a master of psychological suspense, and Talking to Strange Men is one of the most unusual espionage stories in the history of the Cold War.
'“Prolific novelist Rendell has brilliantly interwoven these compelling strands into one masterful tale of suspense. ” —Library Journal“Universally acknowledged as a Queen of British Crime.” —The TimesPraise for Ruth Rendell “If you’re unfamiliar with Ruth Rendell, if you’ve somehow managed to miss her sixty or so books . . . then, congratulations: Your reading life is about to get infinitely richer.” —Jonathan Shapiro, Los Angeles Times “Rendell has for years, along with her friend P.D. James, been bringing new sophistication and psychological depth to the traditional English mystery.” —TheWashington Post “Ruth Rendell is my dream writer. Her prose style . . . has the disquieting intimacy of an alien touch in the dark.” —Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review '
Publisher: Open Road Media