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  • Audio CD: 8 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Audiobooks Ltd; Unabridged edition (8 Oct. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408427257
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408427255
  • Product Dimensions: 14.5 x 5 x 12.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (109 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 390,607 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ruth Rendell was an exceptional crime writer, and will be remembered as a legend in her own lifetime. Her groundbreaking debut novel, From Doon With Death, was first published in 1964 and introduced the reader to her enduring and popular detective, Inspector Reginald Wexford, who went on to feature in twenty-four of her subsequent novels.

With worldwide sales of approximately 20 million copies, Rendell was a regular Sunday Times bestseller. Her sixty bestselling novels include police procedurals, some of which have been successfully adapted for TV, stand-alone psychological mysteries, and a third strand of crime novels under the pseudonym Barbara Vine. Very much abreast of her times, the Wexford books in particular often engaged with social or political issues close to her heart.

Rendell won numerous awards, including the Crime Writers' Association Gold Dagger for 1976's best crime novel with A Demon in My View, a Gold Dagger award for Live Flesh in 1986, and the Sunday Times Literary Award in 1990. In 2013 she was awarded the Crime Writers' Association Cartier Diamond Dagger for sustained excellence in crime writing. In 1996 she was awarded the CBE and in 1997 became a Life Peer.

Ruth Rendell died in May 2015. Her final novel, Dark Corners, is scheduled for publication in October 2015.

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"An intriguing mystery that is yet further proof of Rendell's amazing criminal mastery" Evening Standard "If Wexford has sometimes seemed at the mercy of events, here we see his intelligence in full control ... Wexford has always been the most human of policemen, and the mental processes of investigation ... take him back to the beginnings, not only of his own career, but of his search for love..." -- Jane Jakeman Independent "Fans argue about which are her best books - the long-running Wexford series or her dark, stand-alone novels. The Monster in the Box combines elements of both. Wexford is as strongly characterised as ever but the darkness of the narrative plunges into uncomfortable territory" Daily Express "[Targo] is as good a villain as Wexford ever tried to pin down... hauntingly nasty" Spectator "One of the best-written detective series in the genre's history... At any time we can return to Kingsmarkham to explore the darker side of humanity with Wexford as our reassuring and humane guide" Washington Post --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The twenty-second 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.

The past is a haunted place...

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59 of 62 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Sellers on 28 Sept. 2009
Format: Hardcover
I came to this new Wexford title with some trepidation. I'd thought the last, Not in the Flesh, was pretty poor, with its shaky storyline and cringe-making subplot about female circumcision (cringe-making because of the quite condescending descriptions of the Somalian girl, not because of the procedure!).

However, I'm delighted to say that The Monster in the Box is a return to form. To be more correct, it's a return to form in some respects, something quite new in others. In what ways is it new? For a start, we go back in time to the days of Wexford's early career and the early stages of his relationship with Dora. These sections of the book are by no means boring filler: there's a particularly shocking scene in a Cornish cottage, for instance (and check out how Rendell plays with the reader's expectations with that one!). This story deals, too, with obsession, putting me in mind of some of the "straight" Rendell novels. It's also a particularly creepy book: the subject of Wexford's obsession, the monster he's trying to keep in the box, is particularly unnerving, almost a supernatural - or at least animalistic - figure.

The story is short, fast-paced, gripping, and in some ways bizarre (I enjoyed the runaway lion).

I think Rendell is better in this one on the race issues, though she's always sailed dangerously close to a condescending wind (so many of her asian characters have "noble" or "elegant" manners or profiles.)

One more point to note, and this is very strange. The novel seems to be set in the late 1990s. Can anyone explain why? I'm scratching my head about this one.

Advice for anyone disappointed by Wexford/Rendell's performance recently: give the pair another shot. This one's a really great performance.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By H. Lacroix on 26 Nov. 2010
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I am a big fan of Ruth Rendell so it gives me no pleasure at all to write how much I actually disliked the Monster In the Box. It is actually so bad that it doesn't read like Rendell at all!How can such a gifted writer have created something which is both clumzy and boring, repetitive and annoying! It doesn't make any kind of sense. Do we expect Wexford to tell the story of his obsession about Targo to Burden in installments? No, we don't. Do we deserve the story to be dragged as it is, again we don't. Do we care about it one jot? Indeed we don't. But the worst part, as far as I am concerned, is Burden's wife and the young policewoman 's treatment of the Asian family. Surely there is a case for harassment in there! Reading about it was infuriating and yet I am not particularly PC myself but that some nosey parkers pretending to be open minded should go to such lengths, I couldn't take it! It made me want to scream at the writer because it was so lumpy, unbelievable, caricatural, conceited.....A dreadful book to be forgotten or disposed of...
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Zebedee on 9 Aug. 2010
Format: Paperback
The idea for the book of Wexford solving a murder which happened in the past was a good one. However Miss Rendall should have stuck to the point and not go wandering off with reminiscing and getting involved in possible forced marriages.

This is a deary story, the only bit of light was the lion.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Bc V. Price on 22 Oct. 2010
Format: Paperback
I feel I really must come to the defence of Ruth Rendells latest Wexford book by some reviewers. I was glad to see him back on the bookstore shelves. The read is NOT boring or tedious in any way in fact I found the book came swiftly to the end and it left me hoping that there would be more Wexford novels to follow with the Kingsmarkham sleuth and his trusty colleague Burden a worthy foil that Rendell uses in bringing contemporary issues into these novels through there dialogue with each other.
In this novel we have Wexford looking at the way in which British society has changed in a generation of how things were and even how everyday expressions have evolved.
The Ageing process....Wexford's diet and his reluctant concerns to keep healthy are a familiar inner battle many of us undergo from day to day in sacrificing the food and drink we used to like to stay fit and healthy! How people he has known have changed therby he too must have as well.
The issue of Islam in British society and the attitiudes the indigenous population have towards their Muslim neighbours who are no longer exotic creatures but citizens going about their everyday lives and the pre-concieved views we unthinkingly take towards them.
All these issue are woven into the fabric of the novel so that it stimulates the mind as a whodunnit with extras.The story is well written and once again Wexford is reliable and consistant.
Long may Ruth Rendell reign, I loved the book and recommend it .
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sarah on 1 Nov. 2010
Format: Kindle Edition
There were so many mistakes in the transcription of this book the ebook format it made it difficult to read. I know the ebook version is cheaper but it should be of the same editorial standard as the paperback or hardback versions. There is no way that a traditional book would have been sold with this many errors. Amazon take note, shoddy ebooks like this will damage the uptake of the Kindle.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. S. James on 16 May 2010
Format: Hardcover
As an avid fan of Ruth Rendell novels for many years I ordered this book early and in hard cover as I couldn't wait to read it and how disappointed I was on receiving my copy and settling in for a good read!
The plot if you could call it that was non existent and absolute rubbish.It had such potential when we were taken back to Wexfords past but to base an accusation of murder on how someone looked at you is ludicrous.There were silly sub plots about a possible abduction for an arranged marriage which was again based on nothing more than a hunch as if police had time to chase around following information so fragile.
Ruth Rendell should be ashamed a lazy novel with none of the excitement which we know she can produce.
Dont buy this book you can have my copy for free!!!
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