The Birthday Present

Vine, Barbara

| 2014

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One of the world's most popular writers of mysteries and thrillers, Ruth Rendell (who also writes as Barbara Vine) tells a gripping story of one man's rise and fall from grace. It's late spring of 1990 and a love affair is flourishing: between Ivor Tesham, an ardent womanizer and rising star of Margaret Thatcher's Conservative government, and Hebe Furnal, a stunning North London housewife stuck in a dull marriage. On the eve of her birthday, Tesham gives Hebe a present to remember: a man arranges for his unsuspecting, but otherwise willing, girlfriend to be snatched from the street, bound and gagged, and then delivered to him...

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