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Death Notes Mass Market Paperback – 1 Sep 1982

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Product details

  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (1 Sept. 1982)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345302729
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345302724
  • Package Dimensions: 17.5 x 10.4 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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Sir Manuel Camargue, yesterday one of the most celebrated musicians of his time, today floats face down in the lake near his sprawling English country house. The consensus is accidental death -- but Inspector Wexford knows the stench of murder most foul when he smells it. Particularly in the company of two suspects -- one, the victim's fiancee, who is too young to be true, the other his daughter who may be no kin and even less kind . . . --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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What a disappointment to find this was just an old novel with an American title and not a new Wexford book!
A complete waste of money.
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Although one of the most intriguing Wexford mysteries, DEATH NOTES remains, for the most part, a fairly typical Rendell novel. It has its flaws in some places, but overall it meets the high standards that Rendell, truly a storyteller of the highest order, demands.
The story begins with the seemingly natural death of the great flutist (flautist, rather) Sir Manuel Camargue. When his daughter Natalie arrives to collect her inheritance, suspicion concerning her identity arises, leading Wexford to search for the truth about who she is, trekking through England, France, and California before the questions are finally resolved.
Ultimately, the mystery surrounding Natalie's identity is much more interesting than that of Camargue's death. For the better part of the book, the whole murder plot takes a back seat to the other, more intriguing question. The revelation of Natalie's identity is absolutely ingenious, the type of clever plot twist you'd expect from Agatha Christie. Unfortunately, Rendell doesn't seem to have put her heart into the whodunit aspect of the novel as much.
But other than that, this is a well-constructed mystery, as readable as only Rendell can be. Her prose manages to be simple and conversational, yet also sophisticated and literate. Rendell demonstrates once again her wry, razor-sharp wit in her character descriptions. This may be either intended humor or mere social observation; whatever the case, it makes for a highly entertaining read.
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A musty old book with yellow edges.
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I started this book in the afternoon and found, no matter how tired I got, I couldn't put it down. I loved it! I would highly recommend it to anyone who loves mysteries.
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A routine, throwaway tale bearing all the hallmarks of an author who feels comfortable enough to just keep churning 'em out. One example: the Wexfords, in California, telephone home and reference is made to the time difference, remarking that the UK is 8 hours behind California. It should of course be the other way round! This mistake is repeated several times. In a mystery, every little detail may turn out to be a clue and so this is just the sort of thing a reader will take note of. Well, the reader needn't bother to pay such close attention -- the author didn't.
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