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Ruth Rendell
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Book Description

30 April 2001 Wexford (Book 13)

The fourteenth book to feature the classic crime-solving detective, Chief Inspector Wexford.

Concealed by a shroud of dirty brown velvet, looking like a heap of rags, the woman's dead body lay between a silver Escort and a dark-blue Lancia.

In the desolate shopping centre car park, Wexford has been too preoccupied to notice anything out of the ordinary - only the teenage girl in the red car, driving past him rather too fast. It was Burden who called him at home with the grim news later that evening: the woman had been attacked from behind, perhaps with a thin length of wire.

But before Wexford can delve any deeper into this curious murder, he, too, faces death... Can Burden solve this mysterious crime without the help of his worldly Chief Inspector?


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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow; New Ed edition (30 April 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099602806
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099602804
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 17.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 287,350 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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"As sharp, observant and intelligent as ever" (Sunday Express)

"A dark, gripping novel permeated with unease and psychological twists . . . Certain to send a shiver down your spine" (Today)

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The fourteenth 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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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 14th Inspector Wexford Mystery 22 Feb 2004
By RachelWalker TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
The Veiled One is Rendell's 14th Inspector Wexford mystery, and as excellent as all the rest. The continued quality of this series is remarkable. There have only been one or two slightly lacklustre books in it, and those were very early on in her career.
One November evening, Wexford drives him from Barringdean Shopping Centre, noticing nothing amiss. He is preoccupied with family matters. precisely, his daughter Sheila who, in protest, has damaged Ministry of Defence Property, the wire fence surrounding a nuclear weapons facility. An actress, her face is automatically splashed across the papers.
Later, at home, Burden phones through with the news: a garotted body has been founding in the Shopping Centre Car Park, hidden between two cars. She is identified as Gwen Robson, a home-help of late middle-age, who lives in Kingsmarkham with her arthritic husband. However, before Wexford himself cna do much investigating, he too faces death, in the form of a politically motiovated car-bomb inteded for his daughter Sheila. So, Mike Burden forges ahead on his own, quickly narrowing in on a suspect, the son of the woman who found the body. But are his intuitions right?
This is probably Rendell's most psychologically rich mystery. Some of the characters are quite odd, and she lays them psychologically bare, creating fascinating and rather unsettling psychological portraits. Indeed, the depth with which she examines her characters in this book is probably unequalled in any other Wexford novel.
Wexford is on excellent form again, and it's often easy to forget quite what a great lead character he is.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspector Burden Learns a Lesson 23 April 2012
By takingadayoff TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Kindle Edition
This had every appearance of being a mainstream police procedural that, even if expertly written, would be entertaining for the duration of the time it took to read it, and then be forgotten quickly. Looks can be deceiving.

Recently I resolved to give Ruth Rendell's Wexford novels a fresh look. Somehow I had decided years ago that they were boring. So I began with the first of the series, From Doon with Death, which came out in 1964. It was an enjoyable mystery, a just the facts ma'am bare bones detective story, an introduction to Inspector Wexford that didn't reveal much about him.

Unable to find the second novel, Sins of the Fathers (Chief Inspector Wexford Mysteries, No. 2), I moved on to Wolf To The Slaughter. It was dreary and complicated and not very interesting. And Wexford's underling, Inspector Burden, was very annoying with his prim attitude. I didn't finish it.

But then I came across The Veiled One, which was well into the series, first published in 1988, so I abandoned the chronological approach. Inspector Burden is again an unattractive character, judgmental and narrow-minded. When Wexford is hospitalized with injuries, Burden has to take charge of a murder case and determines that one suspect is almost certainly the killer. Despite reservations expressed by both his wife and his boss, Burden sets his sights on extracting a confession from the suspect. This takes an unexpected and curiously satisfying turn.
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4.0 out of 5 stars the veiled one 7 Dec 2011
By jean.t
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Another classic from Ruth Rendell , this story involves the murder of a middle aged woman , found in a car park in a shopping centre. Ruth Rendell is a great thriller writer in my opinion , and this book is a very good read, full of suspects and surprising turns.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Winning Werxford 1 Aug 2012
By Lintay
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The book was up to the usual standard -very enjoyable.
This author rarely disappoints . Characters well drawn and a pacy plot
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspector Burden Learns a Lesson 9 Jun 2012
By takingadayoff TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
This had every appearance of being a mainstream police procedural that, even if expertly written, would be entertaining for the duration of the time it took to read it, and then be forgotten quickly. Looks can be deceiving.

Recently I resolved to give Ruth Rendell's Wexford novels a fresh look. Somehow I had decided years ago that they were boring. So I began with the first of the series, From Doon With Death, which came out in 1964. It was an enjoyable mystery, a just the facts ma'am bare bones detective story, an introduction to Inspector Wexford that didn't reveal much about him.

Unable to find the second novel, Sins of the Fathers (Chief Inspector Wexford Mysteries, No. 2), I moved on to Wolf To The Slaughter. It was dreary and complicated and not very interesting. And Wexford's underling, Inspector Burden, was very annoying with his prim attitude. I didn't finish it.

But then I came across The Veiled One, which was well into the series, first published in 1988, so I abandoned the chronological approach. Inspector Burden is again an unattractive character, judgmental and narrow-minded. When Wexford is hospitalized with injuries, Burden has to take charge of a murder case and determines that one suspect is almost certainly the killer. Despite reservations expressed by both his wife and his boss, Burden sets his sights on extracting a confession from the suspect. This takes an unexpected and curiously satisfying turn.
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5.0 out of 5 stars First of three greats in a row!
Everything is subjective of course, but I truly feel that this and the next two Wexford novels represent the pinnacle of Rendell's writing for her congenial, well-read country... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Iain C. Davidson
5.0 out of 5 stars Xmas Present
Bought as a xmas present for my brother in law and he was delighted with it, and will use in car.
Published 7 months ago by bev
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent Book.
Very much Wexford. As usual well written and keeps you quessing. Another Gem from Ruth Rendell.Look forward to more from her Pen.
Published 14 months ago by Mr G Burstow
3.0 out of 5 stars Don't make it difficult for people willing to review!
It is a little repetitive, slow moving, not too exciting but still quite readable. If you want people to review books, don't ask them to say more than is needed.
Published 15 months ago by Mrs Elisabeth Szalay
3.0 out of 5 stars fair
was rather disappointed not up to her usual standard. did not enthral was glad to finish it, that tells you.!
Published 15 months ago by Mrs D.G. Pocock
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read!
As always, Ruth Rendell comes through with yet another superb book, which I couldn't put down!! This is an excellent buy!
Published 16 months ago by A. R. Hughes
5.0 out of 5 stars The Veiled One (A Wexford Case)
I am reading Ruth Rendell (Wexford) books at the moment and my library never seems to have many so am buying.
Published 17 months ago by Mrs. Amanda Conquest
4.0 out of 5 stars Rendell magic
Another great murder mystery story from Ruth Rendell. I was completely absorbed by this book and it's a nice handy size. Read more
Published on 8 Mar 2012 by Freddie Flintstone
5.0 out of 5 stars THE VEILED ONE
I FOUND THIS BOOK A BIT SLOW TO START WITH BUT WAS NOT DISAPPOINTED BY RUTH RENDELL'S INSPECTOR WEXFORD THRILLER,I CAN'T SAY
I HAVE REALLY LIKED A COUPLE OF HER BOOKS NOT IN... Read more
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