An Unkindness Of Ravens Paperback – Jun 27 2000
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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
Top Customer Reviews
At the heart of the story is Rodney Williams, a missing bigamist, ï¿½two different menï¿½ One middle-aged, set in his ways, bored maybe, taking his family for granted, the other young still, even swinging ï¿½ making the grade with a young wifeï¿½, and suspected of having paedophiliac tendencies. It must be noted that the fine revelation of his true character is a genuine surprise. Williamsï¿½ murderï¿½stabbed through the heart, most probably by one of his two wivesï¿½seems to coincide with a series of stabbing attacks carried out on men approaching, or approached by, young womenï¿½ï¿½an extraordinary picture Buddï¿½s 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-worldlyï¿½. It transpires that these women are all members of the feminist organisation A.R.R.I.A., whose emblem is a ï¿½raven 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 Valiumï¿½.Read more ›