Is it dangerous to know too much about your neighbors? Edgar and Diamond Dagger Award winner Ruth Rendell gives us a psychologically thrilling novel about the eccentric inhabitants of a London terrace apartment and the secrets they keep. Stuart Font throws a housewarming party in his new flat and invites all the people in his building—even the unpleasant caretaker and his wife. There are a few genuine friends on the list, but not his girlfriend Claudia, as that might involve inviting her husband. The party will be one everyone remembers, if not for the right reasons, when the beautiful Asian woman living in seclusion across the street emerges, as though from some urban fairytale, to exert a terrible spell.
"Disgraceful behavior has rarely been written about so gracefully."—Boston Globe