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Some Lie and Some Die (Chief Inspector Wexford)

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio; Unabridged edition (9 Sept. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1491535687
  • ISBN-13: 978-1491535684
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 1.6 x 14 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,904,876 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"One of the best novelists writing today" (P.D. James)

"The most brilliant mystery novelist of our time" (Patricia Cornwell)

"Probably the greatest living crime writer in the world" (Ian Rankin)

"[Wexford] has become an old friend who gets better with age" (Herald)

"Rendell has quite simply transformed the genre of crime writing. She displays her peerless skill in blending the mundane, commonplace aspects of life with the potent murky impulses of desire and greed, obsession and fear" (Sunday Times) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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'One of the best novelists writing today.' (P.D. James)

'The most brilliant mystery novelist of our time.' (Patricia Cornwell)

'Probably the greatest living crime writer in the world.' (Ian Rankin)

'[Wexford] has become an old friend who gets better with age.' (The Herald)

'Rendell has quite simply transformed the genre of crime writing. She displays her peerless skill in blending the mundane, commonplace aspects of life with the potent murky impulses of desire and greed, obsession and fear.' (The Sunday Times) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Very much in line with other books of the Wexford series of books. The reader is likely to change his/her mind as to the likely outcome, naturally only revealed at the last moment. Very readable.
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The Wexford stories are always a good read. All Wexford fans will enjoy this book as all books by Ruth Rendell.
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Annoyingly, this is yet another of Rendell's excellent titles that have been left out of print. I really have no capacity to understand why her publishers have left ANY out of print; it doesn't really make any sense. Bestselling authors like Ruth Rendell, authors who are regularly acclaimed as the best there is in the genre, surely should not have their titles out of print...it just makes no finiancial sense, I would imagine.
Anyway, let me get to the review...
During the brilliantly depicted rock festival in the grounds of Sundays House - the atmosphere of this is brilliant, and is part of the reason why this book, like all her best, sparkles with an individuality that makes the experience of reading it so special - the bands play, the weather is fine, and a good time is had by all except one or two disgruntled locals. Oh, and the sometimes-grouchy Inspector Burden of course, but even he lightens up to the idea eventually. However, as the festival begins to wind itself down, two precocious lovers discover a battered body in a nearby quarry, and Inspector Wexford finds himself investigating murder rather than his earlier duty of making sure everything runs smoothly, and law-abidingly, at the festival. The body is identified as that of Dawn Stonor, a local girl who had moved to London, returning only on occasional trips to see her mother. As with all Rendell mysteries, the plot soon thickens considerably and little is as it seems...
Some Lie and Some Die ranks among Rendell's finest Wexford mysteries. It's one of my favourites, along with Wolf to the Slaughter, The Speaker of Mandarin, The Veiled One and Harm Done. It's a short little mystery, but Rendell packs such a lot in here, a lot of plot that it's an incredibly satisfying, fulfilling novel.
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A Wexford novel from the early 70s, 'Some Lie' seems more dated than others from this period. I think this is because it deals largely with the youth of the day and pop culture of the day. Although Rendell's pop star, Zeno Vedast, is recognizably based on someone like David Bowie or Elton John, he nevertheless fails to come to life and nor does his mini-entourage. They are all ultimately too safe and dull. The murder plot is actually fairly ridiculous and too much time is spent on side characters such as the unreliable eye-witness Mrs Peveril. As always with Rendell, there is some excellent writing here but, in my opinion, its not one of her best.
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I have yet to read a book by Ruth Rendell that I am not seriously pleased with. She writes brilliantlyª
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I found this book rather disappointing in many respects. I like Ruth Rendell as a rule but this was by no means one of her better stories. Off-putting from the start were the incredibly silly names for the 'rock scene' characters, the pace was almost non-existent, the story pretty lame and the dialogue wooden on the whole - Wexford's character was fine as usual but everyone else, without exception - was not credible. I definitely do not recommend this book and I'm sorry I purchased it.
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Great picture of the pop culture of the 60s. Festival atmosphere well done a d mystery revealed effectively. Contrast between WEXFORD And BURDEN. As usual psychology explored.

Good read.I couldn't put it down. Liked the portrayal of the pop culture of the period. As usual, Rendell looks at the psychological aspects.
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A very good book which for Rendell fans is more or less to be awaited. I received the book in a very short time, the packaging was careful and the book itself, as it was used in perfect state. I can this seller warmly recommend,
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