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Not among her best, but nor among her worst either
on 25 April 2001
I would describe this book as an avarage Ruth Rendell novel. Having read most of her non-Wexford novels, I think the ones she wrote from the mid-seventies and onwards are worth reading and she gets only better with time.
The theme of this book is a bit similar to 'One Across, Two Down' in that the protagonist tries to escape a life of tedious routine with a family he doesn't like. The protagonist's grumpy old father-in-law who thinks an army take-over of the country and reintroduction of capital punishment (preferably with a pole-axe) will solve the nations problems, is quite a laugh.
I won't comment on the plot because I think that will spoil the book, but I can say that, as in many (if not most) of her books, there are two stories running in paralell and converging.