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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow (1 Oct. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099534851
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099534853
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.5 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,747 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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"One of the best novelists writing today" (P.D. James)

"Ruth Rendell has quite simply transformed the genre of crime writing. She displays her peerless skill in blending the mundane, commonplace aspects of life with the potent murky impulses of desire and greed, obsession and fear" (Sunday Times)

"Rendell never fails to come up trumps, and her millions of admirers will eagerly consume this offering as they have all the others." (The Irish Times)

"A firm grasp of social concerns ensure that her novels are reflective of our own times, as well as hugely absorbing." (Louise Welsh The Times)

"This is Rendell on cracking form, with the entire accoutrements one expects from her." (The Good Book Guide)

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The sixth book in the bestselling Detective Chief Inspector Wexford series. Perfect for both collectors and new fans of award-winning crime novelist Ruth Rendell, who has written classic detective fiction and gripping psychological thrillers including End in Tears and Thirteen Steps Down.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. FULLER TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 6 Dec. 2012
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I cannot believe I am the first to review this but being a fan of the television series I wanted to read it and see how they compared. I found this story very good and more of an in depth character picture of Mike Burdon and Reg Wexford seemed to have a smaller role in this book. I could see that both characters had transferred to screen very well keeping many of the traits in the book. Mike's wife Jean had died and he was not coping with the changes this had imposed. The investigation of the death of a girl and the disappearance of a boy take on a personal interest and a love interest that brings Mike into contact with a most alternative lifestyle. Reg relies on Mike and is there to offer sometimes gruff support but most genuinely. Ruth Rendell originally had this published in 1971 and this paper back is easy to read as the print is a good size and to be honest once I started reading I had to get back into it as soon as I could. I will certainly read more of Ruth Rendell's books.
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This short(ish) early Wexford novel is a bit of a mixed bag. There is a 'murder mystery' of course but in many ways, that is the least interesting or satisfying thing about this book. What really makes this worth reading is the excellent portrait of Inspector Mike Burden at a crisis point in his life. One gets the impression that Rendell really enjoyed getting her teeth sunk into this juicy, emotional subplot and it works astonishingly well. The characters surrounding Burden are equally well drawn and interesting, the two ladies in his life superbly contrasted. I have to say that until this book, I was not particularly fond of Wexford's subordinate and although he is often unlikeable in this one too, he is ultimately portrayed very sympathetically.

As suggested above, this book could have worked pretty well without the 'murder mystery' which almost becomes a subplot and, to be honest, its not one of Rendell's best. At one point Wexford says he doesn't like co-incidences but there are FAR too many here! Rendell DOES play fair and the clues are all there but this is another of her works (the earlier books are sometimes guilty of this) where the murderer is not given enough space to develop as a real character and I felt slightly cheated. Also, strangely for a book which deals with the murder and disappearance of children, it remains oddly uninvolving in that respect. Stella Rivers was twelve years old but she might as well be twenty two from an 'emotional impact' point of view.

For the mystery alone, this might have scored a 3 or even 2 star but the Burden subplot (which is really the main plot) elevates it to 4 for me. Its a nice foretaste of the best of the standalone thrillers.
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I have heard of the wexford novels but never read one or seen them on telly. as it happens, he's not in this much anyway, it mostly focuses on Mike Burdon.
Following a child abduction he jumps into bed almost immediately with the apparent victim's mother, which didn't really ring true for a respectable middle aged senior small town policeman, even in the early 70s hangover from the period of free love, when this was originally written.
There are actually two child abductions here, the solution to one (which happened before the main action of the book takes place) is very obvious once you've met the perpetrator - who doesn't feature at all for a large chunk of the book. The solution to the main abduction crisis is frankly risible but I won't spoil the plot for readers by saying what it is.
We are also supposed to believe in a sudden 180 degree change in Mike's feelings for another character which occurs on the very last page of the book.

well written, but not credible in places, which ultimately rather ruined it for me. If the other ones in the series are no better I'm surprised she's had such a slong and successful career.
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