Vanity Dies Hard Author:Ruth Rendell Wealthy Alice Whittaker -- now Alice Fielding -- is known for her generosity, and when her friend Nesta vanishes Alice is determined to find her and help her. If that means money, well, Alice has plenty of it. — Then Alice starts to feel sick -- a virus perhaps, something she just can't shake. Her handsome husband, who is ten years younger than s... more »he is, seems determined to keep her at home. Does he just want her to feel better? Or is he trying to keep her from finding Nesta?
Ill though she is, Alice can't help asking questions. And the more she learns about Nesta's disappearance, the more certain she becomes that her own life is in peril....« less
This is an early work by Ruth Rendell who may now be the best crime writer in the world. She had already won 5 major awards and this is well written, but I don't think reaches the level she obtained later. I found it interesting though as an early attempt to write the kind of pyschological suspense that she has since assigned to her Barbara Vine persona