End In Tears: (A Wexford Case) Audio Cassette – Abridged, Audiobook, CD
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"[Rendell] is unequalled in her ability to create amoral, unprincipled characters, then to make us pity them, until they do something terrible" (Observer)
"Rendell's gift for characterisation illuminates every interview with a range of suspects and makes it a pleasure to watch Wexford and burden at work" (Sunday Telegraph)
"Deeply satisfying" (Evening Standard)
"End In Tears proved once again that no British novelist knows the heart's hungers like Ruth Rendell" (Christopher Bray New Statesman)
"Chief Inspector Wexford is Rendell's most enduring and best creation" (Daily Telegraph)
'[Rendell] is unequalled in her ability to create amoral, unprincipled characters, then to make us pity them, until they do something terrible.' (The Observer)
'Rendell's gift for characterisation illuminates every interview with a range of suspects and makes it a pleasure to watch Wexford and burden at work.' (The Sunday Telegraph)
'End In Tears proved once again that no British novelist knows the heart's hungers like Ruth Rendell.' (New Statesman) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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A BIT OF A *SPOILER* FOLLOWS UNLESS YOU HAVE READ THE AMAZON DESCRIPTION ABOVE AND SOME OF THE REVIEWS
In any case, their previous acquaintance would not have mattered with reference to the central theme in this book, which explores the murder of eighteen-year-old Amber in a quiet village in Sussex. Soon after, another young lady, Megan, disappears and is later found murdered. Although coming from very different social backgrounds, the police find out that the two girls knew each other and they had two things in common: youth -it goes without saying- and a child each. What could have led someone to kill them?
END OF *SPOILER*
Hard to pinpoint the facts as they are elusive up until the very last page of the book. They are also, along with the characters, quite muddled up and a bit hard to follow. Wexford's personal life and the one of some of his co-workers provide for a bit of a diversion, even though they all sooner or later connect with the central theme in a plausible juxtaposition.
All in all, it was not the best mystery novel I've read -and I read many-. What lacked here was a certain compactness within the characters which rendered the story less consistent than it should have been, considering the disturbing motive lurking behind the murders (which the reader picks up only toward the middle of the book).
I don't mind the ridiculously PC Hannah Goldsmith too much - I suspect that we are supposed to find her ridiculous, certainly at the start of the novel. I do think that her budding romance takes up far too much time. She is also at the heart of what is supposed to be a tense scene towards the end of the novel but, for me at least, is just too melodramatic to swallow - the villain and his henchmen behave and speak EXACTLY as you would expect such cliched characters to do; its almost funny! The action scene at the bridge doesn't really work either. I suppose that is my biggest problem with this novel - when it moves away from the domestic into the world of 'organised crime'. I think Rendell does better with the former.
I was fairly satisfied with the final denouement (although, as usual, Wexford takes far too long getting to what is supposed to be the 'big reveal') and most of it made sense - elaborately constructed alibis aside! For me then, this is quite a patchy novel. There are some good bits and some good characters but also quite a lot of dull and/or poorly constructed characters. As often happens with the Wexford novels, we just don't get to spend enough time with some of the main players to really understand them - and that's a pity.
To find the killer Wexford investigates a whole community: the girl's family, friends, neighbours living in a small cul-de-sac. Soon he has some leads. The girl was from a good home and she was about to return to college, but she is mixed up with people from the other side of the social divide. Everything points to drugs.
Wexford is assisted by Hannah Goldsmith. She is a fierce feminist and very politically correct. I didn't like her, but that's the beauty of Rendell's writing. Her characters are real and in real life it isn't everybody that I like. She also raises issues that not everyone is comfortable with. She touches a nerve. In End in Tears she is true to form. She looks a problems people face and don't always know how to deal with, but as much as social issues are important to her, Rendell never loses the sight of human psyche. She gets into your head and under your skin.
This is one book I will happily leave on the train
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