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  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Arrow (1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345359941
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345359940
  • Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 2.2 x 17.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 204 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #958,163 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By anne johnson on April 19 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I wish some of the many Ruth Rendell fans would have reviewed this one so I could have a jumping off place. Since I discovered Ms. Ruth in September 2001, I have worked my way through 21 of her 50 or more, aka Barbara Vine. Inspector Wexford's stories are not as interesting to me as some of the non Wexford works but this was a neat one and I never dreamed the killer would be the killer. This was the most convoluted, mixed up mystery I think I have ever reaad. The victim really got what she deserved, hope that is not a spoiler. The last 20 pages seemed to go rather fast, compared to the first 2/3 of the book. But oh, well, It was good.
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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful
14th fine Wexford novel Feb. 22 2004
By RachelWalker - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The Veiled One is Rendell's 14th Inspector Wexford mystery, and as excellent as all the rest. The continued quality of this series is remarkable. There have only been one or two slightly lacklustre books in it, and those were very early on in her career.
One November evening, Wexford drives him from Barringdean Shopping Centre, noticing nothing amiss. He is preoccupied with family matters. precisely, his daughter Sheila who, in protest, has damaged Ministry of Defence Property, the wire fence surrounding a nuclear weapons facility. An actress, her face is automatically splashed across the papers.
Later, at home, Burden phones through with the news: a garotted body has been founding in the Shopping Centre Car Park, hidden between two cars. She is identified as Gwen Robson, a home-help of late middle-age, who lives in Kingsmarkham with her arthritic husband. However, before Wexford himself cna do much investigating, he too faces death, in the form of a politically motiovated car-bomb inteded for his daughter Sheila. So, Mike Burden forges ahead on his own, quickly narrowing in on a suspect, the son of the woman who found the body. But are his intuitions right?
This is probably Rendell's most psychologically rich mystery. Some of the characters are quite odd, and she lays them psychologically bare, creating fascinating and rather unsettling psychological portraits. Indeed, the depth with which she examines her characters in this book is probably unequalled in any other Wexford novel.
Wexford is on excellent form again, and it's often easy to forget quite what a great lead character he is. An aging policeman, increasingly puzzled by the foibles of society - which Rendell highlights with a percision that emphaises the sharp social conscience of this novel - he should, perhaps, be a little dull. But no! For he's actually a interesting, funny, real human being. A relatively gentle policeman who gradually unravels the solutions to the puzzles which confront him. He has a home life which is realistic and entertaining, and he is quite simply very good company.
The Veiled One is not just a rich psychological mystery, but also an excellent puzzle. The investigation shifts and twists, and the solution is singularly surprising. It's an uneasy, disturbing, unusually gripping police-procedural that has distinct echoes of some of Rendell's psychological thrillers, although never strays quite into that territory. It's an excellent book in the series, but I would say that it's not the best Wexford novel for new readers to start with. To appreciate it fully, it helps if you already know the characters well. My advice is to read the very first Wexford mystery, From Doon With Death, and then simply look forward to this one.
32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
the first Ruth Rendell I did not enjoy Nov. 26 2010
By mag - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
For many years I have enjoyed reading Ruth Rendell's books. This was the first book I bought in its kindle edition and I had trouble recognizing her style. Not only is the this edition peppered with uncharacteristic spelling errors, I also got the feeling that the story moved in leaps and bounds, giving an unfinished impression. Towards the end of the book I even came across two author's notes, which were placed in brackets, referring to things the author meant to look up at some point. I have reached the conclusion that this electronic edition must have been copied from some kind of draft manuscript. I did not appreciate reading this version and found it inferior to what I am used to from this author.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Inspector Burden Learns a Lesson March 7 2012
By takingadayoff - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This had every appearance of being a mainstream police procedural that, even if expertly written, would be entertaining for the duration of the time it took to read it, and then be forgotten quickly. Looks can be deceiving.

Recently I resolved to give Ruth Rendell's Wexford novels a fresh look. Somehow I had decided years ago that they were boring. So I began with the first of the series, From Doon with Death, which came out in 1964. It was an enjoyable mystery, a just the facts ma'am bare bones detective story, an introduction to Inspector Wexford that didn't reveal much about him.

Unable to find the second novel, Sins of the Fathers (Chief Inspector Wexford Mysteries, No. 2), I moved on to Wolf to the Slaughter. It was dreary and complicated and not very interesting. And Wexford's underling, Inspector Burden, was very annoying with his prim attitude. I didn't finish it.

But then I came across The Veiled One, which was well into the series, first published in 1988, so I abandoned the chronological approach. Inspector Burden is again an unattractive character, judgmental and narrow-minded. When Wexford is hospitalized with injuries, Burden has to take charge of a murder case and determines that one suspect is almost certainly the killer. Despite reservations expressed by both his wife and his boss, Burden sets his sights on extracting a confession from the suspect. This takes an unexpected and curiously satisfying turn.

I have enjoyed most of Ruth Rendell's stand-alone novels and her psychological thrillers written as Barbara Vine, but am now discovering that within what seems initially like the closer confines of the police procedural Wexford novels and its claustrophobic small village Kingsmarkham, she explores British social trends and topics of the day. So far, I'm finding the series a fascinating, if uneven, exploration of British social history, with mysteries thrown in for good measure.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
A tangled web... July 11 2003
By DorParkr - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The Veiled One was the first Ruth Rendell novel and I am delighted to report that I was thoroughly captivated and entertained. Rendell writes fluid prose with interesting characters and acute observations about human nature and behavior. I particularly liked the main character Wexford and his naturally dry and mostly sarcastic wit. The mystery is well plotted and wraps up neatly. To be honest, the ending did occur to me, but by the time I got to the end I was impressed enough by the whole effort that I didn't care about that at all. The ending is quite satisfying... the type that makes sense while still surprising enough. I look forward to many more enjoyable evenings with Ruth Rendell and Chief Inspector Wexford.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Typos unacceptable July 14 2012
By Susan M. Browne - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I very much enjoyed this story, as I do all British murder mysteries - I am a big fan of the genre. However, the typos present in the Kindle version are completely unacceptable. We pay good money now for Kindle books - they are not being given away - therefore, the editorial quality must be consistent with the printed version.

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