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Make Death Love Me

Make Death Love Me

A Ruth Rendell stand-alone novel published by Hutchinson in

Antony and Cleopatra is my favourite play. There are more quotes from that play than any other in my books. That love affair has influenced the relationships of my characters more than any other, such as in the novels Shake Hands For Ever and Make Death Love Me. This is a love affair between people no longer young; it is a destructive relationship. In Make Death Love Me, that love affair comes to nothing because it is doomed from the start …

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Alan Groombridge is trapped. Husband to a woman he doesn’t like, father to two children he never wanted, and manager of a tiny branch of the Anglian-Victoria bank, he is doomed to a life of domestic boredom and tedious routine. All that keeps him afloat is his one fantasy: stealing enough of the bank’s money to allow him just one year of freedom - one year in which to live a different sort of life.

But one day, the bank is robbed, the manager and cashier disappear and what was once a place of dull and dreary repetition becomes the scene of a brutal, chilling nightmare that might never end.


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  1. Means of Evil: Inside the Mind of Ruth Rendell by Diana Cooper-Clark, The Armchair Detective Vol. 14 Issue 1, Spring 1981 ↩︎

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