Against a background of rising unemployment and social change, Wexford is involved in a case which tests not only his powers of deduction, but his basic beliefs and prejudices.
Murder, prejudice and political manipulation have Inspector Wexford unraveling one of the most perplexing crimes of his career. Rendell's laborious and complicated plot includes a myriad of complex characters. Christopher Ravenscroft maneuvers the reader through the character transitions with enthusiasm and splendid propensity. The elaborate intertwining subplots may cause the listener to get a bit "lost" temporarily. However, Ravenscroft manages to differentiate between characters so precisely and effortlessly that the listener is rescued and positioned back on track. Dialect interpretations are superb and add color and spirit to Rendell's personalities. Christopher Ravenscroft's brilliant performance makes SIMISOLA worth a listen. B.J.P. (c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine