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Simisola: (A Wexford Case)

Simisola: (A Wexford Case) [Kindle Edition]

Ruth Rendell
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"Impressive and courageous ... Rendell's psychological and social insights are so absorbing, it's easy to forget what a superb plotter she is. As a mystery, Simisola is exceptional ... pace, surprise, tension and a climax of stunning unexpectedness" (The Times)

"Probably the greatest living crime writer in the world" (Ian Rankin)

"The most brilliant mystery novelist of our time" (Patricia Cornwell)

Book Description

The sixteenth book in the bestselling Detective Chief Inspector Wexford series, from the author of classic detective fiction and gripping psychological thrillers including End in Tears and Thirteen Steps Down.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1420 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Cornerstone Digital; New Ed edition (30 Sep 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0042RUPJS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #72,747 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars A good read! 15 Feb 2001
By A Customer
My reading of Simisola was admittedly different to my reading of most of Rendell's other books in that Simisola was televised in a 3 part drama of which I frustratingly missed and forgot to video part 3! I was unable to find anyone else who'd videoed it, or could give me a coherent explanation of the denouement, so what left but to read the book?! Simisola deals with racial attitudes and prejudices - in a village with only 18 black inhabitants, one of them goes missing, maybe murdered.....?
It would be difficult if not impossible to give any more information about the plot without giving too much away, but it's a brilliantly written and observed book, and will leave you thinking about the issues of race, violence and slavery which unseen and unwelcome, lurk behind the beautifully deceptive middle class society of Kingsmarkham, and ultimately behind the society we live in. This is definitely one of Rendell's successes, and it will keep you guessing to the end. Enjoy!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A view of a copper's world 20 Jun 2004
By Stephen A. Haines HALL OF FAME
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Mystery novels are not a particular interest of mine, so i was surprised when someone virtually thrust this book into my hand. Having watched some of this series on the Goggle Box, i was only mildly interested in starting SIMISOLA. What a pleasant experience this book proved to be. The characters are superbly drawn, Wexford particularly so, but the Akande family was portrayed exquisitely. A sympathetic view into another culture is always welcome, since we ofays rarely have a proper glimpse into other worlds. This book strongly reflects the issues facing the UK's race relations today, the Stephen Lawrence murder case being a vivid example. Wexford's self confrontations are the highlights of this book. One hopes it's not a racist comment to request that someone from the Black community read and comment on this book for its accuracy.
This book, having led me to other Rendall works, led me to wonder just what the story behind its writing might be. SIMISOLA is so far superior to any of the other works i read that i can't help question who might have co-authored it. Rendall has a high reputation, which i can't judge having so little experience with the genre. No matter, this is an outstanding read and a fine addition to any bookshelf. The mystery is almost a minor matter set against some stunning revelations about race relations anywhere in the English speaking world. Buy, read and reflect on this book. [stephen a. haines - Ottawa, Canada]
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rendell at her best? 4 Jun 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
'Simisola' marks the end of Rendell's strongest writing in the Wexford series in my opinion. It does have a couple of flaws and I'll cover these at the end but, on the whole, I still loved this book. The plot is strong and always interesting and, generally speaking, I like the characters. I always enjoy Rendell's gleeful portrayals of monstrous women and this novel contains one of her best in the character of would-be-councillor and benefactress Anouk Khouri! Wexford's encounters with her are always fun. I enjoyed digging into the sad past of the first victim and time spent with the horrible Snows. Although Rendell has used her novels before as a means of highlighting issues that are obviously important to her, 'Simisola' marks the beginning of a trend that will now continue in every Wexford novel thereafter, sometimes to annoying effect. In this novel its not too bad and at least the issues involved (racism and violence against women) are absolutely relevant to the overall story. Also, the final few lines remain (for me) some of the most simple but moving in all the Wexford novels.

The flaws? Well, I feel that Rendell's handling of the racism issues in the book are very clunky and heavy handed - subtle it certainly is not! Wexford's internal monologues especially, on this subject are often cringe-worthy. On the other hand though, I'm reviewing this about twenty years after it was written so perhaps its unfair to judge this on 2014 standards? Also, she uses a familiar technique of keeping the murderer veiled throughout the novel. I prefer it when Rendell is fair and lets us spend as much time with the murderer as with all the other suspects and this just doesn't happen here. I doubt if those unfamiliar with this particular Rendell trick will even include the murderer in their list of possibilities and might feel slightly cheated when he/she is unmasked at the end.

Overall though, I love this book and highly recommend it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Comment 30 July 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
It was a very good read,fo my taste a bit too long. The seller packed the book carefully, delivery was swift and the condition of the book, since it was a used book was very good. I can recommend this seller to use.
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