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  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0517458306
  • ISBN-13: 978-0517458303
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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By A Customer on 23 Aug. 2001
Format: Paperback
England just like everywhere else in the first world has to continuously build more motorways and freeways to make sure traffic can get from one place to another. The road builders have come to Kingsmarkham where Chief Inspector Wexford resides and presides. Far be it for a senior police officer to join the ranks of the radical demonstrators and professional agitators but we are left in no doubt that Wexford does not approve of the destruction of countryside around his district. His wife Dora is not so restricted and openly joins the demonstrators. Then during the clearance of the proposed site a body is found so Wexford and Burden become deeply involved. As usual Rendell draws her characters as real people with genuine feelings although they may not all share the same opinions. This is particularly evident in the views of Wexford and Burden.
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This a nice book. Well written and interesting. I think that what happens in Wexford's life was far more interesting than the mystery itself. It's a bit predictable and not as good as the other Inspector Wexford novels. A Ruth Rendell fan will enjoyed it though and I did.. but I must admit I wouldn't read it twice.
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This is the first time I have read not seen Wexford and I enjoyed it. Environmentalists including Mrs Wexford are opposed to a new road. Extremist activists appear to have kidnapped Wexford's wife and others, some of whom are killed. Rendell is a good writer who keeps one's interest right up to the twist at the end.
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'Road Rage' is interesting in that its the first of a short run of Wexford novels where murder is not the main theme. Generally speaking, in Wexford's world, the murder happens near the start and the rest of the novel consists of the police gradually working out what happened. There is a murder in 'Road Rage' but it is incidental to the main plot - Rendell makes this very clear quite early on.

Wexford novels now have Issues and the Issue in 'Road Rage' is the destruction of the British countryside and the impact that has on various individuals and organisations. It was written at a time when lots of publicity was being given to environmentalists, tree people and individuals such as Swampy - Rendell has drawn heavily from all of this. Perhaps because the novel has no one central core (like a murder investigation), I found it a little patchy. It takes quite a while to get going, gets interesting and even quite exciting around the kidnapping plot and then it tails off again towards the end. Personally, I don't think that Rendell succeeds in bringing the eccentrics to life in this - the environmentalists are stereotypes and although she is on sturdier ground with her upper middle class characters, they are fairly predictable and dull. Dora Wexford has a substantial role in this novel and I don't mind that - Dora is a very likeable character (more likeable than Wexford's often irritating daughters). Unusually for a Rendell novel, I didn't really believe in the denouement - it just seemed so unlikely that these particular people would be involved in something so brutal for the reasons given and without any regret or thought to the consequences!

I always enjoy Rendell's writing but I don't consider 'Road Rage' to be one of her best.
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If you're a Wexford fan, you'll definitely enjoy this novel. I've read most of the Wexford series, so looked forward to this one.
Its basic storyline revolves around the 1990s 'eco warriors', and some of their more extreme fringes. As always, Ruth Rendell had researched thoroughly, and the descriptions of the 'tree people' are interesting and entertaining. My only criticism is that some of the lunatic fringe border on caricature.
An aspect I liked a lot was how Dora Wexford is portrayed as a strong , resourceful and resilient lady. Also, the genuine love of Wexford for his family is so believable.
Although the story is serious and dark, there is an unexpected addition of comedy- the wonderfully named and portrayed Patsy Panick and her husband; they wouldn't be out of place in Dickens!
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I felt as though I had lived all my life in Kingsmarkham on account of Ms. Rendell's vivid descriptions of this English country village and its beautiful surroundings. I half expected to dream of Map butterflies and people living in trees by the time I had finished this absorbing book. In contrast to this idyllic setting were murder, kidnapping and bribery. I didn't know what to expect, partly due to being caught up in the myriad of emotions evoked by Ms. Rendell's wonderful Wexford, and this made the end of the book all the more satisfying. I'M HOOKED!
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I ordered this together with 'The Best Man to Die' and 'From Doon With Death' for my wife to read when we were out of the country celebrating our Golden wedding anniversary and the wife's significant birthday.As usual she couldn't put the books down, need I say anymore.
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I have read many of her books now and have rarely been disappointed. Inspector Wexford stories still grab me and I shall continue to enjoy her books. I am looking forward to her latest!
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