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The new Chief Inspector Wexford novel from the UK's best loved crime writer.

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Ruth Rendell was an exceptional crime writer, and will be remembered as a legend in her own lifetime. Her groundbreaking debut novel, From Doon With Death, was first published in 1964 and introduced the reader to her enduring and popular detective, Inspector Reginald Wexford, who went on to feature in twenty-four of her subsequent novels. With worldwide sales of approximately 20 million copies, Rendell was a regular Sunday Times bestseller. Her sixty bestselling novels include police procedurals, some of which have been successfully adapted for TV, stand-alone psychological mysteries, and a third strand of crime novels under the pseudonym Barbara Vine. Very much abreast of her times, the Wexford books in particular often engaged with social or political issues close to her heart. Rendell won numerous awards, including the Crime Writers' Association Gold Dagger for 1976's best crime novel with A Demon in My View, a Gold Dagger award for Live Flesh in 1986, and the Sunday Times Literary Award in 1990. In 2013 she was awarded the Crime Writers' Association Cartier Diamond Dagger for sustained excellence in crime writing. In 1996 she was awarded the CBE and in 1997 became a Life Peer. Ruth Rendell died in May 2015. Her final novel, Dark Corners, is scheduled for publication in October 2015

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Rendell continues her Chief Inspector Wexford mystery series with her latest work. Spoiled teenage mother Amber Marshalson is found dead in the woods after a night out, and Wexford discovers there had been an attempt on Amber's life months earlier. How Amber was killed is evident, but the complicated why and by whom are what Wexford and his partners seek to uncover. Subplots abound and touch upon a variety of topics, including surrogacy, teenage pregnancy, and other assorted and dramatic family and societal issues. The listener needs solid concentration to keep abreast of everything that happens here, particularly as reader John Lee's characterizations tend to be similar. However, Rendell provides numerous interesting and nuanced characters throughout. End in Tears is well done and consistently compelling as the listener learns more about the chief inspector. Recommended for mystery/suspense/thriller collections.-Nicole A. Cooke, Montclair State Univ. Lib., NJ Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

Bestseller Rendell's riveting new novel in her Chief Inspector Wexford series (The Babes in the Wood, etc.) links two disparate worlds-a child-surrogacy ring and the construction trade. A teenage mother, Amber Marshalson, is found dead in the grass outside her home in Kingsmarkham, her skull crushed by a piece of brick. A short time later, Amber's pregnant friend, Megan Bartlow, turns up murdered in a seedy, about-to-be-rehabbed Victorian row house. Suspicions center on a tall man wearing a hooded fleece jacket. Against this sinister backdrop stands Wexford, who's in lion-in-winter mode. He's irked and perplexed by modern life, by the casual way young girls conceive babies, by the sprawl devouring the once-lush Sussex countryside, even by his own fractious family. But he never loses the anger and dedication that propel him to solve crimes and understand evil. While Rendell fans may find this not quite up to the level of her most recent non-Wexford, Thirteen Steps Down (2005), they should be well satisfied. (July) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

"[Rendell] is unequalled in her ability to create amoral, unprincipled characters, then to make us pity them, until they do something terrible." * Observer *
"Rendell's gift for characterisation illuminates every interview with a range of suspects and makes it a pleasure to watch Wexford and burden at work." * Sunday Telegraph *
"End In Tears proved once again that no British novelist knows the heart's hungers like Ruth Rendell." -- Christopher Bray * New Statesman *
"Probably the greatest living crime writer in the world" * Ian Rankin *
"Chief Inspector Wexford is Rendell's most enduring and best creation" * Daily Telegraph *

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