End in Tears by Ruth Rendell audiobook

End in Tears: A Wexford Novel

By Ruth Rendell
Read by John Lee

Random House Audio 9780307277237

The Inspector Wexford Series: Book 20

10.95 Hours Unabridged
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    ISBN: 9781415935439

The award-winning author of Babes in the Woods and The Rottweiler brings us another gripping Inspector Wexford novel. 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... 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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Summary

Summary

Long-listed for the 2007 Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award

Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

The award-winning author of Babes in the Woods and The Rottweiler brings us another gripping Inspector Wexford novel. 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... 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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Meticulous and coolly malicious…Flat-out brilliant.” New York Times Book Review
Rendell knows how to make your hair stand up straight on your head Maeve Binchy
Rendell’s eerie capacity to comprehend disturbed criminal minds continues to astonish The Times
“Within the flexible moral framework of Rendell’s world, all it takes is a murder to bring out the nastiness in everyone. She’s flat-out brilliant at using her quintessentially decent detective and his family, along with his colleagues on the Kingsmarkham police force, to test whatever issues happen to be upending the established order. While not as suspenseful as her non-series crime novels or as dark as the psychological thrillers she writes as Barbara Vine, this carefully plotted whodunit functions as both a subtle case study in the criminal aberrations of parental love and a sly object lesson in the evils of intolerance.” New York Times
“Rendell casts a particularly wry eye at Wexford’s attempts to adapt to particulars of today’s world, from unwed mothers to global warming and quite a bit more. At the top of that list is Wexford’s extraordinarily politically correct subordinate, Hannah Goldsmith, ever on guard for displays of racism or sexism, who finds herself attracted to an Indian inspector whose courtship manners are strictly Old World. Goldsmith provides the mystery with humor, a touch of romance, and its inevitable hairsbreadth escape.” Washington Post
“Once again Rendell provides a thoughtful mystery, persistent suspense, and a welcome return to Kingsmarkham.” Daily News (London)
“Suspense and surprise…Rendell displays her incomparable skills to full effect.” Orlando Sentinel
“An unpredictable denouement…Rendell is in top form here.” San Diego Union-Tribune
“Against [a] 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…Rendell fans…should be well satisfied.” Publishers Weekly
“Plot twists abound for those into neck-snapping plots.” Bookmarks magazine
“A rich cast of characters makes up for the mechanical plot in Rendell’s twentieth Chief Inspector Wexford mystery, starring the shrewd, grandfatherly detective and his handsome, considerably younger sidekick, Burden…Prolific three-time Edgar winner Rendell proves a master at rendering the joys and sorrows of human relationships.” Booklist
“Wexford emerges from an intricate web of red herrings to identify a sadly amateurish scam and a surprising killer. Average for Rendell’s distinguished list of whodunits, which makes it just a whisker below state of the art.” Kirkus Reviews
“John Lee’s great achievement in reading Ruth Rendell’s twentieth novel about Chief Inspector Wexford is his ability to draw the reader into the story. Lee provides a fully voiced performance of the book, differentiating the characters effectively; furthermore, his use of silence, of pace, of even his ever precise diction manages always to make the story intriguing. Lee’s accomplishment is all the more worthwhile since the novel, while as insightful about human nature as Rendell’s other Wexford books, is a bit straightforward and unsurprising in its plotting…Lee sounds truly interested in the story, and in some indefinable way that compels the listener’s attention, too. Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award.” AudioFile

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Author Bio: Ruth Rendell

Author Bio: Ruth Rendell

Ruth Rendell (1930–2015) wrote more than sixty novels in a career spanning fifty years. She won numerous awards for her writing, including three Edgars—the highest accolade from Mystery Writers of America—as well as four Gold Daggers and a Diamond Dagger for outstanding contribution to the genre from England’s prestigious Crime Writer’s Association. She was also the winner of the MWA Grand Master Award. A longtime member of the House of Lords, she lived in London.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Fiction/Mystery & Detective
Runtime: 10.95
Audience: Adult
Language: English