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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.
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
As usual Miss Rendell has come up with another cracking tale to keep your guessing right until the end. Always good value for moneyPublished 19 days ago by Colin Murphy
Of course Wexford solves the case. Personally I like practically most Wexford series books, always the gentleman who knows the answers how to deal with any situationPublished 21 days ago by Hans
Love Ruth Rendell's books and Wexford cases in particular. A good read as this is no exception!Published 7 months ago by Graham
Superb & compelling story. It had lots of twists & turns to keep you reading. Lost sleep with this one as I really wanted to finish it & find out what went on.Published on 23 Dec. 2013 by Viv