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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow (June 27 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099450704
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099450702
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 1.8 x 17.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 159 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #447,023 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"A brilliant reshuffling of a pack of clues ... Rendell at her richest" Sunday Times "Well-plotted ... baffling ... Still the tops" Sunday Telegraph "A climax as chilling and unexpected as any she's perpetrated before" The Times

About the Author

Ruth Rendell was an exceptional crime writer, and will be remembered as a legend in her own lifetime. Her groundbreaking debut novel, From Doon With Death, was first published in 1964 and introduced the reader to her enduring and popular detective, Inspector Reginald Wexford, who went on to feature in twenty-four of her subsequent novels. With worldwide sales of approximately 20 million copies, Rendell was a regular Sunday Times bestseller. Her sixty bestselling novels include police procedurals, some of which have been successfully adapted for TV, stand-alone psychological mysteries, and a third strand of crime novels under the pseudonym Barbara Vine. Very much abreast of her times, the Wexford books in particular often engaged with social or political issues close to her heart. Rendell won numerous awards, including the Crime Writers' Association Gold Dagger for 1976's best crime novel with A Demon in My View, a Gold Dagger award for Live Flesh in 1986, and the Sunday Times Literary Award in 1990. In 2013 she was awarded the Crime Writers' Association Cartier Diamond Dagger for sustained excellence in crime writing. In 1996 she was awarded the CBE and in 1997 became a Life Peer. Ruth Rendell died in May 2015. Her final novel, Dark Corners, is scheduled for publication in October 2015

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Format: Paperback
An Unkindness of Ravens (1985) is the first Rendell novel I have read for four years, and it shows her gifts�characterisation and plotting�at their best, as she combines a scathing look at political extremism, the psychology of adolescent girls, and a gripping police procedural, with themes of feminism, extremism, teenagers vs. parents, women vs. men, poor vs. rich, and paedophilia.
At the heart of the story is Rodney Williams, a missing bigamist, �two different men� One middle-aged, set in his ways, bored maybe, taking his family for granted, the other young still, even swinging � making the grade with a young wife�, and suspected of having paedophiliac tendencies. It must be noted that the fine revelation of his true character is a genuine surprise. Williams� murder�stabbed through the heart, most probably by one of his two wives�seems to coincide with a series of stabbing attacks carried out on men approaching, or approached by, young women��an extraordinary picture Budd�s story had created and one which appealed to his imagination. The dark wet night, the knife flashing purposefully, even frenziedly, the girl running into the rain with a sack slung over her shoulder. It was like an illustration in a fairy book of Andrew Lang, elusive, sinister, and other-worldly�. It transpires that these women are all members of the feminist organisation A.R.R.I.A., whose emblem is a �raven woman [with] a face like Britannica or maybe Boadicea, one of those noble, handsome, courageous, fanatical faces, that made you feel like locking up the knives and reaching for the Valium�.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Chief Inspector Wexford's neighbor Rodney Williams is reported missing by his wife and what he thinks will be a typical "husband running out on wife" case proves otherwise. As the search for the missing man resumes, Wexford soons finds that Williams was a man of many secrets. The man's penchant for young girls coincides with the popularity of a local feminists group called ARRIA which seems to include every young woman in town. Rendell does a masterful job here of layering new elements to the mystery with every concluding chapter and the outcome eventually turns out to be surprising yet sensible. Rendell is also an expert at molding three dimensional characters with only minimal details (what was the other reviewer reading? ). Overall, well written, literate and satisying.
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By A Customer on Sept. 19 2003
Format: Audio Cassette
I picked up the audio version of this book hoping it would keep my interest for a cross country drive. Instead, I found myself irritated at the tedious pace and extraneous details. I didn't care for any of the characters, and by the time I realized it wasn't going to get any better...I was in too deep and had to finish out the 9+ hours to find out whodunnit. At least it kept me awake for the drive. Nevermore.
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By A Customer on June 11 1998
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Unconvincing, improbable little fantasy posing as a mystery, with cardboard characters you never really care about. Reads as if the author was more interested in the construction of the novel than in its execution. My first Wexford-Mystery, and probably my last. Not as bleak as her other books, but nowhere near as convincing either.
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By A Customer on Feb. 11 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I've been looking for an English mystery writer to match PD James and I've found her. Ruth Rendell's Inspector Wexford is intelligent and cultured, just like Dalgliesh. This was a fun read, interesting, and one that kept me guessing. I'm looking forward to reading more.
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