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Not in the Flesh (Vintage Crime/Black Lizard) Paperback – 2 Jun 2009

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  • Paperback: 303 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Books USA; Reprint edition (2 Jun. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307388786
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307388780
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 1.8 x 20.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars 77 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,150,460 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The wait is over: here’s a new Wexford novel. And Not in the Flesh is one of the sharpest, most astringent outings for Ruth Rendell’s doughty copper in some time. Rendell's studies in dark psychology (which have at their centre characters who appear only in individual novels) are the most highly regarded among aficionados of her wok, but the unalloyed good feeling prompted by a fresh appearance for her long-term protagonist Inspector Wexford is something to be savoured, and we are once again in safe hands here.

A man taking his dog for a walk in a wooded area stumbles across a grim object -- a severed human hand. The body to which it belongs has been hidden from sight for years, as Wexford subsequently finds out. Of course, with the uncountable numbers of missing persons in police files, Wexford is well aware it will be an uphill struggle tracking down the identity of the body. Shortly after, in the basement of a disused cottage, another victim of violence is discovered, and Wexford and his reliable team find themselves attempting to discover connections between the murders.

Readers might wonder if the production of these utterly surefire Wexford books is an east task for Rendell (as opposed to the rigours of the grimmer psychological novels written under her own name, or the nom de plume Barbara Vine), but there's never a sense of the author on autopilot; this is professional, well-honed, engrossing stuff. --Barry Forshaw --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"Ghoulish fun.... The height of her malevolent powers. Rendell can do whatever she likes and still get away with it."
--"The New York Times"

"Vivid and witty. Wexford is his usual smart, compassionate self as he unravels a web of lies and deception larger than any of the characters realize."
--"Los Angeles Times"

"To call Ruth Rendell prolific is akin to calling the Grand Canyon a slight dip in the landscape. . . . Not in the Flesh is the work of a writer who continues to command respect and satisfy her legion of writers."
--"Richmond Times-Dispatch"

"The unflappable detective still hasn't worn out his welcome.... A fine example of Rendell's sharp writing, intelligence, and humanity."
--"The Christian Science Monitor"

"In the best whodunit tradition, Rendell advances her plot through surprises...so shocking they dash all calculations."
--"The New York Times Book Review"

Ghoulish fun.... The height of her malevolent powers. Rendell can do whatever she likes and still get away with it.
The New York Times
Vivid and witty. Wexford is his usual smart, compassionate self as he unravels a web of lies and deception larger than any of the characters realize.
Los Angeles Times
To call Ruth Rendell prolific is akin to calling the Grand Canyon a slight dip in the landscape. . . . Not in the Flesh is the work of a writer who continues to command respect and satisfy her legion of writers.
Richmond Times-Dispatch
The unflappable detective still hasn t worn out his welcome.... A fine example of Rendell s sharp writing, intelligence, and humanity.
The Christian Science Monitor
In the best whodunit tradition, Rendell advances her plot through surprises...so shocking they dash all calculations.
The New York Times Book Review"

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