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King Solomon's Carpet (1991) [Novel]
by Barbara Vine Rating: No votes (Rate!)
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Summary :

Eccentric Jarvis lives in a crumbling schoolhouse overlooking the tube line, compiling his obsessive history of the Underground. A group of misfits are also drawn towards his strange house: Alice, who has run away from her husband and baby; Tom, the busker who rescues her; truant Jasper who finds his terrifying thrills on the tube; and enigmatic Axel, whose deadly secret casts a shadow over all their lives. Damaged, dispossessed, outcasts, they are brought together in violent and unforeseen ways by London's dark and dangerous Underground system.

Original title: King Solomon's Carpet
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionCrime and MysterySuspense

Edition #1: King Solomon's Carpet

King Solomon's Carpet (1991)
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Language: English

  • "Vine, quite audaciously, deliberately, makes the London Underground the central character of the book...The tension grows, patiently, hardly noticeably. Suddendly, there is an overwhelming sense of foreboding, of inevitable awfulness...when the unravelling takes place, it is brilliantly unexpected and original" Marcel Berlins, The Times
  • "I longed to know what would happen next. Towards the end the tension fairly gets you by the throat" Andrea Newman, Sunday Express
  • "The pathological world she creates is intensely powerful beacause she arouses a genuine fear that all that is normal is in danger of being lost" Penny Perrick, Sunday Times
  • "One of her very best, combining her talent for the macabre with a burning sense of how bizarre, irrational and unfair life is" Bill Greenwell, New Statesman
  • "Wonderful, weird and compelling...her finest work" The Times
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King Solomon's Carpet (1991)

ISBN: 0140156917

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