Ruth Rendell


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    Thriller

    Nov-2015

    A spectacularly compelling story of blackmail, murders both accidental and opportunistic, and of one life's fateful unraveling from Ruth Rendell--"one of the most remarkable novelists of her generation" ("People")--writing at her most acute and mesme...

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    Mystery

    Oct-2014

    In this psychologically explosive story from "one of the most remarkable novelists of her generation" ("People"), the discovery of bones in a tin box sends shockwaves across a group of long-time friends. In the waning months of the second World War, ...

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    Police/Detective/Law Enforcement

    Nov-2013

    An Inspector Wexford Mystery - 24

    From crime legend Ruth Rendell, the gripping new novel in her beloved (USA Today) Inspector Wexford series, which will soon mark its fiftieth anniversary A female vicar named Sarah Hussain is discovered strangled in her Kingsmarkham vicarage. Max...

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    Suspense

    Aug-2012

    From three-time Edgar Award-winning mystery writer Ruth Rendell comes a captivating and expertly plotted tale of residents and servants on one block of a posh London street -- and the deadly ways their lives intertwine. Life for the residents and ...

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    Police/Detective/Law Enforcement

    Sep-2011

    An Inspector Wexford Mystery - 23

    In the stunning climax to Rendell's classic A Sight for Sore Eyes, three bodies -- two dead, one living -- are entombed in an underground chamber beneath a picturesque London house. Twelve years later, when a manhole cover is pulled back, the house's...

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    Thriller

    Jun-2011

    When Stuart Font decides to throw a house-warming party in his new flat he invites everyone in his building. The party will be one everyone remembers. But not for the right reasons.... Living opposite, in reclusive isolation, is a young, beautiful...

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    Suspense

    Apr-2010

    Here are five classic Wexford cases that display his remarkable ingenuity — and that of his creator. Ranging from the more everyday crimes of passion and violence in quiet Kingsmarkham, to a bizarre murder in Yugoslavia, each is a case which challe...

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    Suspense

    Apr-2010

    Sir Manual Camargue had just announced his intention of taking a second wife, 50 years his junior. On the same cold winter's day, he died as a result of what was surely a tragic accident. But Wexford doubts that Camargue's death came by misadventure....

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    Police/Detective/Law Enforcement

    Oct-2009

    An Inspector Wexford Mystery - 22

    The Monster in the Box is the latest addition to Ruth Rendell’s Inspector Wexford series. In this enthralling new book, Rendell, takes Inspector Wexford back to his first murder case -- a woman found strangled in her bedroom. Outside the crime scen...

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    Thriller

    Sep-2009

    Mix Cellini (which he pronounces with an 'S' rather than a 'C') is superstitious about the number 13. In the musty old house where he is the lodger, there are thirteen steps down to the landing below his rooms, which he keeps spick and span. His elde...

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    General Fiction

    Jan-2009

    From crime fiction's reigning queen comes a diabolically intricate tale that weaves together the lives of very different people in the vibrant part of London known as Portobello. Fifty-year-old Eugene Wren inherited from his father an art gallery ...

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    Police/Detective/Law Enforcement

    Nov-2007

    An Inspector Wexford Mystery - 21

    Searching for truffles in a wood, a man and his dog unearth something less savoury -- a human hand. The body, as Chief Inspector Wexford is informed later, has lain buried for ten years or so, wrapped in a purple cotton shroud. The post mortem cannot...

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    Suspense

    Nov-2006

    Weeks went by when Ismay never thought of it at all. Then something would bring it back or it would return in a dream. The dream always began in the same way. She and her mother would be climbing the stairs, following Heather's lead through the be...

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    Suspense

    May-2006

    From the author of End in Tears comes a chilling thriller for “Quick Reads” — books for emergent readers, published as part of the UK’s World Book Day Adult Literacy Initiative 2006.What you do in childhood may come back to haunt you. Stealin...

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    Police/Detective/Law Enforcement

    Oct-2005

    An Inspector Wexford Mystery - 20

    The first death could have been an accident. When Mavis Ambrose is killed by a falling chunk of concrete, the police have no reason to suspect mischief. However, the bludgeoning of the young and gorgeous Amber Marshalson that follows is clearly murde...

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    Suspense

    Sep-2005

    Mix Cellini has just moved into a flat in a decaying house in Nottinghill, where he plans to pursue his two abiding passions--supermodel Nerissa Nash, whom he worships from afar, and the life of serial killer Reggie Christie, hanged fifty years earli...

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    Suspense

    Nov-2003

    The first victim had bite marks on her neck so the London papers nicknamed her killer, the Rottweiler. He has been stalking the small and diverse London community of Lisson Grove, where Inez Ferry runs an antique shop frequented by a motley collectio...

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    Police/Detective/Law Enforcement

    Oct-2003

    An Inspector Wexford Mystery - 19

    With floods threatening both the town of Kingsmarkham and his own home and no end to the rain in sight, Chief Inspector Wexford already has his hands full when he learns that two local teenagers have gone missing along with their sitter, Joanna Troy....

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    Suspense

    Feb-2002

    Minty' s boyfriend, Jock, was killed in the disastrous train wreck at Paddington, shortly after he borrowed all her savings. Now he has come back to haunt her. Zillah lost her estranged husband, Jerry, in that same accident. She is not convinced he i...

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    Suspense

    Feb-2001

    The most acclaimed mystery writer on either side of the Atlantic now gives her readers nine exquisitely tuned tales of psychological terror. Delivering high-voltage shocks with the elegance of a Henry James, Piranha to Scurfy is further evidence of R...

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    Police/Detective/Law Enforcement

    Oct-1999

    An Inspector Wexford Mystery - 18

    The search for the body commenced. Then the victim walked into town. Behind the picture-postcard facade of Kingsmarkham lies a community rife with violence, betrayal, and a taste for vengeance. When sixteen-year-old Lizzie Cromwell reappears no one k...

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    Suspense

    Mar-1999

    Teddy was born in squalor. Now he is a craftsman determined to banish ugliness from his life. Harriet is a beautiful, bored trophy wife who employs a series of repairmen for her sexual satisfaction. And Francine is a college student who witnessed her...

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    Suspense

    Apr-1998

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    Suspense

    Dec-1997

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    Suspense

    Sep-1997

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    Police/Detective/Law Enforcement

    Aug-1997

    An Inspector Wexford Mystery - 17

    The woods outside of Kingsmarkham were lovely, dark, and deep. And they were about to vanish forever when the new highway cut through them. While Chief Inspector Wexford privately despaired about the loss of his hiking grounds, local residents and ou...

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    Police/Detective/Law Enforcement

    Jan-1997

    An Inspector Wexford Mystery -

    Ever since its creation, the Crime Writers’ Association has championed the very best in murder and mystery. Now, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of this esteemed organization, Mysterious Pleasures showcases the short stories of some of its most...

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    Suspense

    Aug-1996

    MISSING PERSONS Each of the murdered men was found impaled on the spiked fence around Regent's Park. Except for one, all were street people - like Pharoah the Key Man - whose real identities had vanished with their descent into the city's undersi...

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    in Women On the Case

    Mystery

    May-1996

    Crime and detection are women's work for twenty-six great writers in this second brilliant collection of mystery fiction edited by Sara Paretsky. From wicked irony and white-collar crime in Amanda Cross's "The Baroness," to the chilling "Only a Woman...

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    Suspense

    Apr-1996

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    General Fiction

    Mar-1996

    One of the world's most acclaimed mystery writers presents an anthology of literary depictions of murder that delves into the human passions, terrors, and foibles that incite the act and linger in its wake. Includes such writers as Sophocles, Shakesp...

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    Police/Detective/Law Enforcement

    Sep-1995

    An Inspector Wexford Mystery - 16

    THE LADY VANISHES No one admitted to spotting the doctor's missing daughter--even after the murders began. Melanie Akande, eschewing privilege, had insisted on going to the jobsearch office to find employment. But between that office and the bus sto...

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    Suspense

    Jan-1995

    Once when Benet was about fourteen they had been in a train together, alone in the carriage, and Mopsa had tried to stab her with a carving knife. It was some time now since Benet had seen her mad mother, and when Mopsa arrived at Heathrow, looking d...

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    General Fiction

    May-1994

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    Suspense

    Oct-1993

    A mother and daughter live quietly in the rustic gatehouse of Shrove House, an isolated British estate. Their life seems perfectly ordinary except that daughter Liza has been kept isolated from the outside world all of her sixteen years. And that s...

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    Police/Detective/Law Enforcement

    Jun-1992

    An Inspector Wexford Mystery - 15

    The blood hod turned the white damask tablecloth a terrible bright red. Later the newspapers would call the triple murder in the magnificent Kingsmarkham country home the "Tancred House massacre." When Chief Inspector Reginald Wexford arrived at the ...

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    Suspense

    Oct-1991

    With deceptive economy in these nine short stories, Ruth Rendell indicates hidden depths in ordinary events and creates a sense of profound unease. The stories are: * A Pair of Yellow Lilies* Paperwork* Mother's Help* Long Live the Queen* Dying Happy...

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    General Fiction

    Oct-1991

    Here are five classic Wexford cases that display his remarkable ingenuity — and that of his creator. Ranging from the more everyday crimes of passion and violence in quiet Kingsmarkham, to a bizarre murder in Yugoslavia, each is a case which challe...

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    Mystery

    Aug-1990

    The dark, good-looking Guy is from a council flat. Leonora has a mews house in Holland Park, and her mother doesn't care for Guy or the way he makes his money. His obsession with Leonora increases, even after they have grown apart, until eventually i...

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    Mystery

    Jul-1989

    Philip Wardman had more than just the ordinary squeamishness where death was concerned. Yet he could hardly avoid the suspicious disappearance of his sister's friend Rebecca Neave, especially when everyone was ascribing the cause to murder. Philip's ...

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    Police/Detective/Law Enforcement

    Aug-1988

    An Inspector Wexford Mystery - 14

    Who would garrote a middle-aged housewife and leave her body in the parking garage of a suburban shopping mall? Chief Inspector Wexford is no sooner on the case than off it -- a car bomb's explosion lands him in the hospital. It's now up to Mike B...

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    Suspense

    Nov-1987

    It was his third visit to the gloomy house on Orchard Drive. Each time, he parked in the same place. Each time, he carried a briefcase. And each time, Louise North greeted him at the door . Susan Townsend was the only resident with no interest in the...

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    Suspense

    Sep-1987

    Safe houses and secret message drops, double crosses and defections - it sounds like the stuff of sophisticated espionage, but the agents and moles are schoolboys engaged in harmless play. John Creevey doesn't know this. To him, the messages he p...

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    Suspense

    May-1987

    Sixteen-year-old Elvira's mother is dead. Elvira is sad, of course, but not so sad as her younger sister Spinny. Spinny is afraid their father, Luke, will be heartbroken, but Elvira knows better after all, Luke has her to take her mother's place. But...

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    Suspense

    Mar-1987

    Award-winning novelist Ruth Rendell presents a chilling novel of obsession and violence. Two years ago, he had been a promising young novelist. Now he barely survives in a near derelict cottage with only his own obsessive thoughts for company. Two ye...

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    Suspense

    Aug-1986

    All his life, for almost as far back as he could remember, Victor had had a phobia. In prison, inevitably, he reflected on the grotesque way it had begun, about the panics and violent anger. He asked himself, too, why the child of happily married, mi...

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    Suspense

    Feb-1986

    Murder, corruption, blackmail. All these are part of someone else's world, not part of the everyday lives of ordinary people...or are they? This is a collection of sinister stories from the bestselling author who won The Sunday Times Literary Award f...

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    Police/Detective/Law Enforcement

    Sep-1985

    An Inspector Wexford Mystery - 13

    Rodney Williams's disappearance seems typical to Chief Inspector Wexford -- a simple case of a man running off with a woman other than his wife. But when another woman reports that her husband is missing, the case turns unpleasantly complex. A...

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    Police/Detective/Law Enforcement

    Aug-1984

    An Inspector Wexford Mystery - 12

    There were some things about Chief Inspector Wexford's trip to China that he could never have dreamt of: that an old woman would haunt him from one city to the next. That a man would be tragically drowned. Or that, back in England, he would be invest...

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    Suspense

    Jun-1984

    Who would have believed that Alice Whittaker s life could change? She was 37, rich but dowdy, with no career. Her life was a lonely failure, though she had got by with the one thing she did have: money. Then handsome Andrew Fielding came into her lif...

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    Suspense

    May-1984

    No one would have described Manningtree Grove as fashionable. Few would have found it especially interesting. But it was not an unpleasant place to live: the old railway line lay in a valley, and the gardens looked onto it. It was the kind of place w...

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    Suspense

    Jun-1983

    What on earth could have provoked a modern day St. Valentine's Day massacre? On Valentine's Day, four members of the Coverdale family--George, Jacqueline, Melinda and Giles--were murdered in the space of 15 minutes. Their housekeeper, Eunice Parchman...

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    Suspense

    Jan-1983

    Two things interest Stanley Manning: crossword puzzles, and the substantial sum his wife Vera stands to inherit when his mother-in-law dies. Otherwise, life at 61 Lanchester Road is a living hell. For Mrs. Kinaway lives with them now--and she will ...

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    Suspense

    Aug-1982

    Stephen Whalby loves to walk the moor. He considers it his, although he and his young wife Lyn are merely tenants in a flat nearby. But the senseless and frightening murder of a young woman invades Stephen's sense of privacy and pollutes his beloved ...

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    Suspense

    Oct-1981

    A stranger lures a child into his car with the promise of sweets. A young man spots his fiancee's double in a public park of ill repute. An executive visits the secluded home of a former employee whose intentions are frightfully unclear. A modest sou...

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    Police/Detective/Law Enforcement

    1981

    An Inspector Wexford Mystery - 11

    Sir Manuel Camargue, yesterday one of the most celebrated musicians of his time, today floats face down in the lake near his sprawling English country house. The consensus is accidental death -- but Inspector Wexford knows the stench of murder most f...

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    Suspense

    Jul-1980

    In The Lake of Darkness, Rendell takes the old adage that no good deed goes unpunished to a startling, haunting conclusion when a bachelor unexpectedly comes into a small fortune. Martin Urban decides to use the money to help out those in need until ...

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    Suspense

    May-1980

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    Police/Detective/Law Enforcement

    1978

    An Inspector Wexford Mystery - 10

    The body found under the hedge was that of a middle-aged woman. The grey eyes were wide and staring, and in them DI Wexford thought he saw a sardonic gleam. But that must have been his imagination. However, he didn't have much more to go on. Time for...

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    Suspense

    Jan-1977

    JUST AN ORDINARY MAN Arthur Johnson. A small, neat, quiet creature of regular habits. Yet Arthur had strange secrets. He found delicious pleasure in venting his rage on his "white lady," the plastic mannequin in the cellar. And, he "murdered" aga...

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    Police/Detective/Law Enforcement

    1975

    An Inspector Wexford Mystery - 9

    The bed was neatly made, and the woman on top neatly strangled. According to all accounts, Angela Hathall was deeply in love with her husband and far too paranoid to invite an unknown person into their home. So who managed to gain entry and strangle ...

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    Police/Detective/Law Enforcement

    1973

    An Inspector Wexford Mystery - 8

    For awhile, the rock festival at "Sundays" went well. The sun shone, the bands played, and everyone - except a few angry neighbors seemed to enjoy themselves. Then the weather changed. And in a nearby quarry, two lovers found a body that made even In...

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    in Garden of Deadly Delights

    Mystery

    1973

    A DAZZLING BOUQUET OF MYSTERY AND MURDER Here, amid the lush, heady beauty of a garden setting, everything's coming up roses...or turning up corpses. Focusing on crime that flourishes amid the flora, this blooming collection of 19 tales provides m...

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    Police/Detective/Law Enforcement

    1972

    An Inspector Wexford Mystery - 7

    On a stormy February afternoon, little Stella Rivers disappears and is never seen again. Then, on a warm October day, five-year-old John Lawrence fails to come home, and evil, mad, taunting letters begin, which make the worst, unspoken imaginings a b...

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    Police/Detective/Law Enforcement

    1971

    An Inspector Wexford Mystery - 6

    What kind of a person would kidnap two children?That is the question that haunts Wexford when a five-year-old boy and a twelve-year-old girl disappear from the village of Kingsmarkham. When a child's body turns up at an abandoned country home one sea...

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    Police/Detective/Law Enforcement

    1970

    An Inspector Wexford Mystery - 5

    EVERYONE LOVED ELIZABETH --including one man who had no right to. For it was clear that the glamorous mistress of Myfleet Manor had slipped away from her husband to meet a secret lover-and had met her death instead. Was her lover the killer? Or w...

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    Police/Detective/Law Enforcement

    1969

    An Inspector Wexford Mystery - 4

    Who could have suspected that the exciting stag party for the groom would be the prelude to the murder of his close friend Charlie Hatton? And Charlie's death was only the first in a string of puzzling murders involving small-time gangsters, cheating...

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    Police/Detective/Law Enforcement

    1967

    An Inspector Wexford Mystery - 3

    Wexford had every reason to remember the Painter case it was the first murder he'd ever handled on his own. There had been no doubts about the case, until now. Someone wants the case reopened, and they want Wexford proved wrong."...

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    Police/Detective/Law Enforcement

    1967

    An Inspector Wexford Mystery - 2

    Chief Inspector Wexford's canny yet compassionate crime-solving has endeared him to readers around the world, earning his creator, Ruth Rendell, the highest praise. In Wolf to the Slaughter-, this much is clear: Anita Margolis is missing. The free-l...

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    Suspense

    1965

    THERE WAS NO PROOF A CRIME HAD BEEN COMMITTED BUT EVERYONE WAS A SUSPECT No one liked Patrick Selby. If his death hadn't been so peculiar, no one would have questioned it. But even Dr. Greenleaf who signed the death certificate began to suspect fo...

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    Police/Detective/Law Enforcement

    1964

    An Inspector Wexford Mystery - 1

    Margaret Parsons isn't the type to surprise anyone, especially not her husband. So when he finds the house empty one evening, he panics. She's always been there when he gets home -- puttering in the garden or standing at the stove fixing him a chop...

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    General Fiction

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