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The Babes in the Wood: A Chief Inspector Wexford Mystery

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"[A] great deal of what makes [Rendell] a major novelist is her implicit moral vision. There's a principled disgust at work in her books, a disgust that expresses itself in reserved and piercing perception rather than outrage. She may not like what she sees, but you feel she has given it her full consideration. Another reason for the pleasure of reading Rendell may be less reputable — there's a certain relief in admitting, for a couple hundred pages or so every year, that people are often appalling." Charles Taylor, Salon.com (read the entire Salon.com review)

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After weeks of rain, Chief Inspector Wexford has just finished moving his books and furniture upstairs to protect them from the rising waters when the telephone rings. Two local teenagers and their babysitter have gone missing. Wexford isn’t particularly worried, since these things usually sort themselves out. But as hours stretch into days, he begins to suspect he has a kidnapping on his hands. The stakes get even higher when a member of the missing trio turns up dead in the woods nearby.

In the course of his investigation, Wexford must deal with a neighbor whose alibi is questionable, a religious cult and its sylvan rituals, someone close to the children’s family who nurses a terrible secret, and the babysitter’s ex-husband, who reveals the woman’s hidden penchant for violence.

In The Babes in the Wood, Ruth Rendell draws the reader into a riveting story that alternates between Chief Inspector Wexford’s domestic life—his worries about the security of his home and his daughter’s odd new boyfriend—and his determination to see through a kaleidoscope of lies and bring a murderer to justice.

Review:

"The story becomes progressively more interesting after a slow start, and, as always, Chief Inspector Wexford remains a comfortable companion, with taut, thoughtful and imaginative observations about small-city England and the wider world." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"Although this isn't the Inspector Wexford novel to give readers new to the series, fans of the detective won't have any trouble picking right up on the Wexford family dynamics or Wexford's relationships with his fellow officers." Booklist

Review:

"Ruth Rendell has quite simply transformed the genre of crime writing. She deploys her peerless skill in blending the mundane, commonplace aspects of life with the potent, murky impulses of desire and greed, obsession and fear." Anthony Clare, Sunday Times

Review:

"Ruth Rendell is not only the finest crime novelist there is, but one of the finest novelists writing in the English language." Gerald Kaufman, Scotsman

Review:

"The Wexford books clearly display Rendell's great mastery of storytelling at its best." Sunday Telegraph

Synopsis:

After weeks of rain, Chief Inspector Wexford has just finished moving his books and furniture upstairs to protect them from the rising waters when the telephone rings. Two local teenagers and their babysitter have gone missing. Wexford isn’t particularly worried, since these things usually sort themselves out. But as hours stretch into days, he begins to suspect he has a kidnapping on his hands. The stakes get even higher when a member of the missing trio turns up dead in the woods nearby.

In the course of his investigation, Wexford must deal with a neighbor whose alibi is questionable, a religious cult and its sylvan rituals, someone close to the children’s family who nurses a terrible secret, and the babysitter’s ex-husband, who reveals the woman’s hidden penchant for violence.

In The Babes in the Wood, Ruth Rendell draws the reader into a riveting story that alternates between Chief Inspector Wexford’s domestic life—his worries about the security of his home and his daughter’s odd new boyfriend—and his determination to see through a kaleidoscope of lies and bring a murderer to justice.

About the Author

Ruth Rendell has won numerous awards, including three Edgars and the Grand Master Award from Mystery Writers of America, and four Gold Daggers, one Silver Dagger, and a Cartier Diamond Dagger for outstanding contribution to the genre from Britain’s prestigious Crime Writers’ Association. She lives in London where she is a Life Peer in the House of Lords.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781400049301
Publisher:
Random House
Location:
New York
Author:
Rendell, Ruth
Subject:
Police
Subject:
England
Subject:
Mystery fiction
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - Traditional British
Subject:
Wexford, Inspector
Edition Number:
1st American ed.
Edition Description:
American
Series Volume:
107-728
Publication Date:
October 2003
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
9.58x6.36x1.11 in. 1.27 lbs.

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Product details 336 pages Crown Publishers - English 9781400049301 Reviews:
"Review A Day" by , "[A] great deal of what makes [Rendell] a major novelist is her implicit moral vision. There's a principled disgust at work in her books, a disgust that expresses itself in reserved and piercing perception rather than outrage. She may not like what she sees, but you feel she has given it her full consideration. Another reason for the pleasure of reading Rendell may be less reputable — there's a certain relief in admitting, for a couple hundred pages or so every year, that people are often appalling." (read the entire Salon.com review)
"Review" by , "The story becomes progressively more interesting after a slow start, and, as always, Chief Inspector Wexford remains a comfortable companion, with taut, thoughtful and imaginative observations about small-city England and the wider world."
"Review" by , "Although this isn't the Inspector Wexford novel to give readers new to the series, fans of the detective won't have any trouble picking right up on the Wexford family dynamics or Wexford's relationships with his fellow officers."
"Review" by , "Ruth Rendell has quite simply transformed the genre of crime writing. She deploys her peerless skill in blending the mundane, commonplace aspects of life with the potent, murky impulses of desire and greed, obsession and fear."
"Review" by , "Ruth Rendell is not only the finest crime novelist there is, but one of the finest novelists writing in the English language."
"Review" by , "The Wexford books clearly display Rendell's great mastery of storytelling at its best."
"Synopsis" by , After weeks of rain, Chief Inspector Wexford has just finished moving his books and furniture upstairs to protect them from the rising waters when the telephone rings. Two local teenagers and their babysitter have gone missing. Wexford isn’t particularly worried, since these things usually sort themselves out. But as hours stretch into days, he begins to suspect he has a kidnapping on his hands. The stakes get even higher when a member of the missing trio turns up dead in the woods nearby.

In the course of his investigation, Wexford must deal with a neighbor whose alibi is questionable, a religious cult and its sylvan rituals, someone close to the children’s family who nurses a terrible secret, and the babysitter’s ex-husband, who reveals the woman’s hidden penchant for violence.

In The Babes in the Wood, Ruth Rendell draws the reader into a riveting story that alternates between Chief Inspector Wexford’s domestic life—his worries about the security of his home and his daughter’s odd new boyfriend—and his determination to see through a kaleidoscope of lies and bring a murderer to justice.

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