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The Pearlkillers

Rachel Ingalls
Format
Paperback
ISBN
9780571299911
Date Published
16.05.2013
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Summary

The Pearlkillers, first published in 1986, is a collection of four novellas: ‘Third Time Lucky’, ‘People to People’, ‘Captain Hendrik’s Story’, and ‘Inheritance’, the action of which gives the volume its title.

‘[Rachel Ingalls’] characters all bear the mark of Cain: They are innocents (no matter that some may be killers) who are swept along through tepid, flat circumstances until suddenly all hell breaks loose, and the Furies erupt to claim their prey… In her best work, Ingalls is as monochromatic as Edgar Allan Poe, going straight to her target with the same ease and surety as an arrow skims to its bull’s-eye… And just as Poe’s craft was exactly suited to the conventions of the short story form, so Ingalls’ vision is exactly suited to the length and scope of the novella… Like Poe, Rachel Ingalls is more than a master storyteller: She is also a superb artist.’ Los Angeles Times

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Rachel Ingalls was born in Boston in 1940. She spent time in Germany before studying at Radcliffe College, and moved to England in 1965, where she lived for the rest of her life. Her debut novel, Theft (1970), won the Authors’ Club First Novel Award, and her novella Mrs Caliban (1982) was named one of the 20 best American novels…

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