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Review: Ruth Rendell's thought-provoking 'The St. Zita Society'
Review: Ruth Rendell's thought-provoking 'The St. Zita Society'

--------------------The St. Zita SocietyA NovelRuth RendellScribner: 272 pp., $26--------------------If you're unfamiliar with Ruth Rendell, if you've somehow managed to miss her 60 or so books, if you've never experienced the frisson produced by her unique blend of elegant prose and brutal plotting or laughed out loud at her acidic humor or social observations, then congratulations: Your reading life is about to get infinitely richer.Reviewing mysteries is a bit like dissecting a butterfly to explain the wonder of its flight. It risks ruining the surprises. Fortunately, Rendell's stories are so solidly structured, so endlessly surprising, that they are only slightly...

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