Portobello

Portobello

Large Print - 2010
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From crime fiction's reigning queen comes a diabolically intricate tale that weaves together the lives of very different people in a vibrant part of London known as Portobello.

Walking to the shops of Notting Hill one day, fifty-year-old art gallery owner Eugene Wren discovers an envelope on the street bulging with cash. Instead of going to the police or keeping the money for himself, Wren hatches a plan to find the money's rightful owner. He composes a notice and posts it on a lamppost near his home.

This seemingly harmless act creates a chain of events that links Wren to some unsavory characters, upsetting not only his life but that of his fiancée - and it delivers consequences that will change them all.

Portobello is a wonderfully complex tour de force featuring a dazzling depiction of one of London's most intriguing neighborhoods, and the dangers that lurk beneath its newly polished veneer. It's vintage Ruth Rendell - psychologically.

Publisher: Thorndike, Me. : Center Point Pub., 2010
Edition: Center Point large print ed
ISBN: 9781602858831
1602858837
Characteristics: 397 p. (large print) ; 23 cm

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luckydogranch
Jul 04, 2016

This is an excellent modern day crime novel set in London, with five exquisitely developed, inter-related characters who meet by chance and inadvertently change each others lives. Each character intersects with the intrigue of the Portobello neighborhood and is emotionally transformed in the course of the tale.

ChristchurchLib Apr 10, 2016

The catalyst for this leisurely paced but tense suspense novel is an envelope full of cash, which gallery owner Eugene Wren finds on Portobello Road after its owner is felled by a heart attack and carted off to the hospital. Eugene doesn't need the money himself, so he posts notices about the find and is soon contacted by other Londoners, all with their own obsessions and despairs. His good act leads, ultimately, to terrible consequences. With a strong sense of place and well-rounded characters from all social strata, Portobello Road is "superlative" (Publishers Weekly).

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readerpat
Oct 23, 2014

This was a strange book but after I got into it I enjoyed it.
The three main characters are weird. One is mentally ill, one is a thief and the other is rich but has an addiction to sugar free candies.
A lot different from her other books.

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