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End In Tears: (A Wexford Case) (Inspector Wexford series Book 20) [Kindle Edition]

Ruth Rendell
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Book Description

The twentieth book to feature the classic crime-solving detective, Chief Inspector Wexford.

A lump of concrete dropped deliberately from a little stone bridge over a relatively unfrequented road kills the wrong person. The young woman in the car behind is spared. But only for a while...

A few weeks later, George Marshalson lives every father's worst nightmare: he discovers the murdered body of his eighteen-year-old daughter on the side of the road.

As a man with a strained father-daughter relationship himself, Wexford must struggle to keep his professional life as a detective separate from his personal life as husband and father. Particularly when a second teenage girl is murdered - a victim unquestionably linked to the first - and another family is shattered...

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    Rendell's gift for characterisation illuminates every interview with a range of suspects and makes it a continuing pleasure to watch Wexford and Burden at work. (Sunday Telegraph )

    Rendell's psychological insights are so absorbing, it's easy to forget what a superb plotter she is (The Times )

    No contemporary writer of suspense stories tries to vary the form's boundaries more than Ruth Rendell (Guardian )

    End in Tears proved once again that no British novelist knows the heart's hungers like Ruth Rendell (Christopher Bray, New Statesman )

    Ruth Rendell is a phenomenon. [She] has always had a deep insight into the criminal mind and the vicious selfishness of those who believe that their own desires override everything else. She uses it to good effect in End in Tears. (The Times )


    "Meticulous and coolly malicious. . . . Flat-out brilliant." --"The New York Times Book Review" "An unpredictable denouement. . . . Rendell is in top form here." --"The San Diego Union-Tribune" "Suspense and surprise. . . . Rendell displays her incomparable skills to full effect." --"Orlando Sentinel""Once again Rendell provides a thoughtful mystery, persistent suspense and a welcome return to Kingsmarkham." --"The Daily News"

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    • Format: Kindle Edition
    • File Size: 1037 KB
    • Print Length: 351 pages
    • Publisher: Cornerstone Digital; New Ed edition (26 Jan. 2010)
    • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B003RRY5XG
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #37,637 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    More About the Author

    Ruth Rendell has won many awards, including the Crime Writers' Association Gold Dagger for 1976's best crime novel with A Demon in My View; a second Edgar in 1984 from the Mystery Writers of America for the best short story, 'The New Girl Friend'; and a Gold Dagger award for Live Flesh in 1986. She was also the winner of the 1990 Sunday Times Literary award, as well as the Crime Writers' Association Cartier Diamond Dagger. In 1996 she was awarded the CBE and in 1997 became a Life Peer.

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    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars Not my favourite mystery 27 April 2008
    Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
    Slow, methodical detective work, rendering the content of this book a bit too slow itself, therefore not entirely to my taste. However, this is my first mystery by Ruth Rendell and I was not acquainted with its main characters and their personal history, which I understand follow a long succession of books. `Knowing' them beforehand may have been useful to appreciate this book a little more, but I have the feeling that my opinion after turning the last page would have been unaltered whether I did or not.
    In any case, their previous acquaintance would not have mattered with reference to the central theme in this book, which explores the murder of eighteen-year-old Amber in a quiet village in Sussex. Soon after, another young lady, Megan, disappears and is later found murdered. Although coming from very different social backgrounds, the police find out that the two girls knew each other and they had two things in common: youth -it goes without saying- and a child each. What could have led someone to kill them?
    Hard to pinpoint the facts as they are elusive up until the very last page of the book. They are also, along with the characters, quite muddled up and a bit hard to follow. Wexford's personal life and the one of some of his co-workers provide for a bit of a diversion, even though they all sooner or later connect with the central theme in a plausible juxtaposition.

    All in all, it was not the best mystery novel I've read -and I read many-. What lacked here was a certain compactness within the characters which rendered the story less consistent than it should have been, considering the disturbing motive lurking behind the murders (which the reader picks up only toward the middle of the book).
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    14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Rendell in top form 21 Aug. 2006
    After the slight disappointment of her last books, a return to top form in this latest Wexford. Like its predecessors, it selects a social issue - in this case, surrogacy - which forms the background to the novel, and sets it during one of the hot summers that we have had recently. Rendell inhabits this world with a variety of dysfunctional characters who, though representing extremes, also reflect some of the distinctive features of contemporary British society, particularly the teenage mums intent on having a good time who form the victims of this story. Meanwhile, as she has done in previous Wexford stories, she creates a situation in Wexford's own family that echoes the main theme, surrogacy. In both instances, the outcomes surprise the reader - a mark of Rendell's skill as a story-teller.
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    9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Ruth Rendell - End in Tears 11 Nov. 2006
    By RachelWalker TOP 500 REVIEWER
    When someone drops a lump of concrete over a bridge onto the cars driving below, an elderly woman dies as a consequence of the resulting smash-up. The accident is put down as another incident of mindless vandalism in a society that's seeing an ever-increasing number of such acts, young blind rebellion.
    Weeks later, 18 year old Amber Marshalson is killed walking home along a quiet road after a night out. Her father Graham has been up all night worrying, and eventually sets out to search the road he knows she'll be coming home by. A shattering discovery is his to be made.

    It's only when the police find out that Amber was one of the people involved in the earlier road accident, driving a car very similar to that carrying the elderly victim, that they realise someone could easily have made a previous disastrous attempt on her life and, failing in that, has tried again with shattering success...

    End in Tears is Rendell's 20th Inspector Wexford novel. (It's something indeed that they don't make up even half her output.) These police procedurals of hers are not my favourite of her many fictional branches, but to many they constitute the most enduring and famous sections of her body of work. It's easy to see why: while her other novels are dark, disturbing, twisted affairs of the head, the Wexford books are warmer and more welcoming things altogether. They do share a dark view of the human heart, true (this one particularly), but they come at it from the opposite angle. The crimes of the Wexford books, too, are more rational things; they're open to freer explanation, they make you less uncomfortable, make you feel less unsafe in your own skin.
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    8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Tragic Trades 14 Aug. 2006
    Most mystery stories focus on either the detectives or the plot. End in Tears is a nice exception in that the crime context and the incidental characters are also a focus. The result is a very satisfying story that will leave you thinking deeply about the vulnerability of those who want to become mothers.

    Here are the three major story lines:

    1. Amber Marshalson, an unwed teenage mother, is murdered by being bashed in the head as she walks home after a night out with friends. The investigation soon reveals that Amber had been a target of an earlier attempt that had led to a similar car being smashed by a weight dropped from above. Who killed Amber is Chief Inspector Wexford's first focus. The investigation turns up that Amber was involved in some seemingly illicit activity. What had she been up to? Detective Inspector Burden is convinced that it's drugs, but Wexford is skeptical. The investigation is further complicated when her seeming partner is also murdered.

    2. Chief Inspector Wexford's daughter, Sylvia becomes pregnant to provide a baby for her ex-husband's girl friend, Naomi, who cannot conceive. Family relations become quite strained over this decision.

    3. Detective Sergeant Hannah Goldsmith finds herself attracted to Detective Constable Baljinder Bhattacharya . . . and the feeling seems to be mutual. But there are complications.

    One of the best parts of the book is the way that Ms. Rendell points out the pressures on Wexford and shows how he uses small things . . . like his decisions to eat or not eat healthy foods . . . to handle the stress.

    Anyone who loves the Wexford series will be delighted by this book. If you haven't read any books in the series, you'll find yourself engrossed . . . and wanting to read more. Feel free to go back and enjoy 19 earlier novels!
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    5.0 out of 5 stars Rendell at her very best!
    Ruth Rendell continues to amaze me with her seemingly bottomless store of brilliantly constructed and wholly believable plots. Read more
    Published 2 days ago by J. S. Morgan
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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    Published 6 months ago by VMR
    3.0 out of 5 stars Not Wexford's finest hour
    As I continue my re-read of all Ruth Rendell's Wexford novels, I come to the very mixed bag that is 'End In Tears'. Read more
    Published 10 months ago by Iain C. Davidson
    5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
    The delivery service was very good and was prompt. The product itself was exactly what I wanted. The story line is intelligent and keeps you guessing right to the end.
    Published 13 months ago by Julie Ainscough
    4.0 out of 5 stars A good enough read
    Not the best Wexford I have read. Didn't grip me to read right through at once. I have been picking it up and putting it down. Read more
    Published 16 months ago by ann smyth
    3.0 out of 5 stars Starts Well. Finishes Badly.
    I was really gripped at the start of this book as Ms Rendell builds a compelling mystery. Why would someone murder an 18 year old student? Read more
    Published on 8 Oct. 2012 by Mr. Ross Maynard
    2.0 out of 5 stars Deduction without evidence
    This is one of the author's series of detective novels featuring Chief Inspector Wexford and his straight-laced assistant, Inspector Burden. Read more
    Published on 23 July 2012 by Brian R. Martin
    1.0 out of 5 stars Insipidly Bad
    This was the first Ruth Rendell book I've read, and I found it horrendously bad. I'm a huge fan of thrillers and mysteries, but if you need a character to explain everything that... Read more
    Published on 2 Feb. 2012 by Melodie W
    5.0 out of 5 stars back on top form
    One of the better recent Wexfords with a genuinely baffling crime. Good to see cracks in the Wexford marriage and the issues surrounding the actual crimes kept us gripped to the... Read more
    Published on 16 Mar. 2011 by Louis the First
    1.0 out of 5 stars What has happened to Ruth Rendell??
    I cannot believe I am saying this about an author whose books I devoured during my 20s, but this book was awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwful. I was so bored! Read more
    Published on 20 Feb. 2011 by liveenl
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