The Rottweiler

  • by Ruth Rendell
  • Narrated by Nigel Anthony
  • 12 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The first girl had a bite mark on her neck, but they traced the DNA to her boyfriend. But the tabloids got hold of the story and called the killer The Rottweiler and the name stuck. The latest murder takes place very near Inez Ferry's antique shop in Marylebone. When the Rottweiler’s trinkets start showing up in the shop, suddenly, everyone Inez knows is a suspect, and the killer feels all too close. Someone saw a shadowy figure running away past the station, but the only other clues are that the murderer usually strangles his victims and removes something personal - like a cigarette lighter or a necklace. Since her husband died, Inez has supplemented her income by taking in tenants. The murderous activities of the sinister 'Rottweiler' will exert a profound influence on the lives of this heterogeneous little community, especially when the suspicion emerges that one of them may be a homicidal maniac.

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Lots of atmosphere, and a Freudian mystery.

I have read a few other books by Ruth Rendell, but this is the best one so far. An expertly developed, fully dysfunctional slice of life in one apartment building, above the landlady's antique store. Widows, beautiful schemers, mentally challenged adults, upper crust gentlemen, and sketchy eastern European ladies - all present and accounted for. Oh, and a serial murderer. The characters are in turn plucky, horrifying, and bittersweet. The structure allows the reader to spend a lot of time in the murderer's mind - wonderfully unpleasant! And the title provides an ironic twist to the story.
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- Sparkly

Loved it! Especially Freddy Perfect.

What made the experience of listening to The Rottweiler the most enjoyable?

The narrator and the story. Both were absolutely wonderful. It's Ruth Rendell in her "crazy intertwined neighborhood" mode.


Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Yes! As Alexander Gibbons sorted things out, things definitely got more and more interesting. And the twist with the strong box and the perfume counter were genius.


Which character – as performed by Nigel Anthony – was your favorite?

Freddy Perfect and Suzanne/Zenab's mother. Freddy Perfect was absolutely amazing.


If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

"What do you know about your upstairs neighbor?"


Any additional comments?

I'm an unabashed Rendell fan, so I give this 5 stars all around.

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- littlebookbird

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-01-2012
  • Publisher: Audible Studios