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Sins of the Fathers: An Inspector Wexford Mystery (Inspector Wexford Novels) Mass Market Paperback – 1 Jul 1990

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (July 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345342534
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345342539
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 1.5 x 17.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 853,660 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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It was a brutal, vicious crime -- sixteen years old. A helpless old woman battered to death with an axe. Harry Painter hung for it, and Chief Inspector Wexford is certain they executed the right man. But Reverend Archery has doubts . . . because his son wants to marry the murderer's beautiful, brilliant daughter. He begins unravelling the past, only to discover that murder breeds murder -- and often conceals even deeper secrets . . .

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I always enjoy Ruth Rendell
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Considering this book was second hand and had come from USA Housten Texas) I think the quality and service were exceptional
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wexford's first case - revisited 11 Mar. 2015
By Phillip O. - Published on Amazon.com
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Rendell's second Wexford novel may appear a bit dated but it is easy to see the great writer that she was becoming. This book (released as "A New Lease of Death" in the U.S.) is taut, excellently plotted, fully characterized and full of descriptive settings. Wexford lovers may be surprised to find that he really plays a minor part in this book. A pastor by the name of Henry Archery wants to clear the name of the guilty party in Wexford's first case. Archery's daughter is engaged to his son and heaven forbid, there can't be any bad blood being introduced into the family. Archery second-guesses Wexford's work on the case and attempts to find out what really happened. Thus the bulk of the book follows the arrogant Archery and his equally smarmy son as they attempt to clear the name of the fiancée. Inspector Burden also plays a significant part here, even more so than Wexford. Wexford is described as a bit gruff and uncouth in this novel, a few characterizations she toned down for him in subsequent books.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not sure if I enjoyed it as much 5 Oct. 2015
By Teri Zumwalt - Published on Amazon.com
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I have read many Ruth Rendell books, and thought this one a little different from the rest. It felt as if Inspector Wexford was taking a back seat to the character who is searching for the truth in an old murder. This reason for investigation is quickly explained-his son is to marry the murderer's daughter, and he must either come to grips with that fact or, preferably, find that the convicted man was wrongly found guilty. Told from another's perspective, Inspector Wexford was a somewhat lesser character in the story line. Not sure if I enjoyed it as much, but I loved, as usual, the many different characters she describes, and their roles in the story line. She is able to provide great descriptions, so I am able to envision each person, how they look, their mannerisms, their quirky traits.
I enjoyed this book, and there was a sufficient twist in the end to make it a true Ruth Rendell.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great writer I will miss 7 Jan. 2016
By katburns - Published on Amazon.com
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I have already read all her books and am re-reading her Inspector Wexford books. Think I have a crush on Reg and his family.
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 12 Sept. 2016
By Susan J. - Published on Amazon.com
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Great writer. Makes you think.
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspector Wexford Fan . 23 Jun. 2016
By Karen W - Published on Amazon.com
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Early Inspector Wexford. I love them all.
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