The Shape of Snakes

The Shape of Snakes

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Baker & Taylor
Twenty years after stumbling upon a black woman--an unpopular recluse known as "Mad Annie"--dying in the gutter, Mrs. Ranelagh continues to believe that the woman had been murdered and spends two deacdes trying to uncover the truth. By the author of The Breaker. 50,000 first printing.

Blackwell North Amer
November 1978. The winter of discontent. Britain is on strike. The dead lie unburied, garbage piles in the streets - and somewhere in West London a black woman dies in a rain-filled gutter. Known as "Mad Annie," she was despised by her neighbors. Her passing would have gone unmourned and unnoticed but for the young woman who finds her and who believes - apparently against reason - that Annie was murdered.
Yet whatever the truth about Annie - whether she was as mad as her neighbors claimed, whether she lived in squalor as the police said, whether she cruelly mistreated the cats found starving in her house - something passed between her and Mrs. Ranelagh in the moment of death that binds this one woman to her cause for the next twenty years.
But why is Mrs. Ranelagh so convinced it was murder, when, by her own account, Annie died without speaking? Why does the subject make her husband so angry that he refuses to talk about what happened that night? And why would any woman spend twenty painstaking years uncovering the truth - unless her reasons are personal?

Baker
& Taylor

Twenty years after stumbling upon a black woman--an unpopular recluse known as "Mad Annie"--dying in the gutter, Mrs. Ranelagh continues to believe that the woman had been murdered and tries to uncover the truth.

Publisher: New York : Putnam's, 2001.
ISBN: 9780399147333
0399147330
Characteristics: 370 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.

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I love this book. It is so we'll written. What a terrific read.

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A great read.

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