Talking to Strange Men

  • by Ruth Rendell
  • Narrated by Christian Rodska
  • 10 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Safe houses and secret message drops, double crosses and defections - it sounds like the stuff of sophisticated espionage, but these agents are only schoolboys engaged in harmless play. Not that John Creevey knows this. To him, the messages he decodes with painstaking care are the communications of dangerous and evil men, and as he comes face to face with the fact of his beloved wife Jennifer's defection, he begins to see a way to get back at the man she left him for. Safe houses and secret message drops, double crosses and defections - it sounds like the stuff of sophisticated espionage, but these agents are only schoolboys engaged in harmless play. Not that John Creevey knows this. To him, the messages he decodes with painstaking care are the communications of dangerous and evil men, and as he comes face to face with the fact of his beloved wife Jennifer's defection, he begins to see a way to get back at the man she left him for. Soon the schoolboys are playing more than just a game.

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Not Rendell's best

I've listened to most of Ruth Rendell's books and enjoyed most of them. This one was a disappointment. It started off okay, but it quickly became quite mundane. I saw it through to the end thinking the storyline may develop and become more interesting, it didn't.
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- Dawn

Talking To Strange Men

Having read this novel in hardback many years ago, I half knew what to expect. The two parallel storylines concerned the loss of John's sister, Cherry, years ago when she was murdered beside the bridge and the more recent desertion of his wife, Jennifer, in favour of her former lover, Peter Moran. In addition, there is a public school spy network operating in the town, spearheaded by Mungo Cameron.

Did I enjoy this book? Well, it was deftly plotted, but I really did find it difficult to get into at times. I also kept muddling up the various schoolboys and their underworld aliases. It was also set in a place, which remained un-named and rather anonymous.

Special mention must be of the novel's narrator, who was brilliantly versatile.
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- SilentSinger

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-08-2010
  • Publisher: Audible Studios