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An Unkindness Of Ravens [Paperback]

Ruth Rendell
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June 27 2000 Wexford (Book 12)
The thirteenth book to feature the classic crime-solving detective, Chief Inspector Wexford. The raven: not a particularly predatory bird, but far from soft and submissive, adopted as the symbol of a militant feminist group...Detective Chief Inspector Wexford thought he was merely doing a neighbourly good deed when he agreed to talk to Joy Williams about her missing husband. He certainly didn't expect to be investigating a most unusual homicide. Rodney Williams was neither handsome nor wealthy - but he had an unerring eye for a pretty girl and when he disappeared and two other men were later attacked by a young woman, Wexford couldn't help wondering if there was a connection. If there wasn't, where was Rodney Williams and why had he vanished? He had committed no crime - apart from telling his wife the occasional lie...

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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 is crime writing at its very best. The author of over 50 novels, she has won many significant crime fiction awards. Her first novel, From Doon With Death, appeared in 1964, and since then her reputation and readership have grown steadily with each new book. She has received major awards for her work; three Edgars from the Mystery Writers of America; the Crime Writers' Gold Dagger Award for 1976's best crime novel, A Demon in My View; the Arts Council National Book Award for Genre Fiction in 1981 for The Lake of Darkness; the Crime Writer's Gold Dagger Award for 1986's best crime book for Live Flesh; in 1987 the Crime Writer's Gold Dagger Award for A Fatal Inversion and in 1991 the same award for King Solomon's Carpet, both written under the pseudonym Barbara Vine; the Sunday Times Literary Award in 1990; and in 1991 the Crime Writer's Cartier Diamond Award for outstanding contribution to the crime fiction genre. Her books are translated into 21 languages. In 1996 she was awarded the CBE and in 1997 became a Life Peer.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Review Dec 6 2001
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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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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1.0 out of 5 stars Tiresome Sept. 19 2003
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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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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing June 11 1998
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars As good as PD James Feb. 11 2001
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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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