End in tears

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Hutchinson, 2005 - Fiction - 328 pages
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A lump of concrete dropped deliberately from a little stone bridge over a relatively unfrequented road kills the wrong person. The driver behind is spared. But only for a while... It is impossible for Chief Inspector Wexford not to wonder how terrible it would be to discover that one of his daughters had been murdered. Sylvia has always been a cause for concern. Living alone with her two children, she is pregnant again. What will happen to the child? The relationship between father and daughter has always been uneasy. But the current situation also provokes an emotional division between Wexford and his wife, Dora. One particular member of the local press is gunning for the Chief Inspector, distinctly unimpressed with what he regards as old-fashioned police methods. But Wexford, with his old friend and partner, Mike Burden, along with two new recruits to the Kingsmarkham team, pursue their inquiries with a diligence and humanity that make Ruth Rendell's detective stories enthralling, exciting and very touching.

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End in tears: a Wexford novel

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Whether writing as Barbara Vine or under her own name, Rendell (Thirteen Steps Down ) is an icon in the mystery-writing genre. With more than 50 novels to her credit, she shows no signs of slowing ... Read full review

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The plot is poor. We are asked to believe that a woman who so adores a child that she would kill to keep him can present a public face of indifference about her relationship. That said the relationships between Wexford and his grown daughter, (who is proposing to be a surrogate mother for her ex-husband and his new wife) and Wexford's wife are worth reading. Also the development of Wexford's 2 underlings politicallly correct Hannah Goldsmith aand Bal Battacharya who has his own hangups to work out. Rendell's work is interesting to read as a work of fiction less as a who dunnit 

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Ruth Rendell was born in Essex, England on February 17, 1930. She was educated at Loughton County High School. Rendell began her career as a journalist. She wrote six novels before sending her work in to a publisher. She writes crime novels and psychological thrillers, and is best known for her Inspector Wexford books. Rendell also write under the pseudonym Barbara Vine. She is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. Many of her titles have been made into films and made-for-tv movies.