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Kissing the Gunner's Daughter (Chief Inspector Wexford Series #15)
     

Kissing the Gunner's Daughter (Chief Inspector Wexford Series #15)

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by Ruth Rendell
 

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Friday the thirteenth - Sergeant Cleb Martin confiscates a replica gun from his son's school briefcase and later loses his life in a bank robbery. When three people are discovered shot at Trancred House, Chief Inspector Wexford comes to believe there is a connection between the apparently unrelated crimes. But only the seventeen-year-old daughter of one of the

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Friday the thirteenth - Sergeant Cleb Martin confiscates a replica gun from his son's school briefcase and later loses his life in a bank robbery. When three people are discovered shot at Trancred House, Chief Inspector Wexford comes to believe there is a connection between the apparently unrelated crimes. But only the seventeen-year-old daughter of one of the victims survives to provide the most confusing of clues.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Four years after The Veiled One , Rendell's Chief Inspector Reginald Wexford returns in a superbly characterized, deftly plotted puzzler that explores the dark side of family life. A dinner-hour call for help brings Wexford and his assistants to Tancred House, where, in a chilling scene of carnage, he finds popular anthropologist and novelist Davina Flory, her husband, daughter and teenage granddaughter bleeding profusely from bullet wounds. Only young Daisy, who made the call, is alive. As she recovers, celebrates her 18th birthday and, in a willful, winning way, resumes living at Tancred House, Wexford tries to trace the two killers, who stole Davina's jewels as well. His investigation focuses first on the servants--a bitter couple whom Daisy soon dismisses, a handsome caretaker and a slow-witted neighborhood woman who later discovers the body of a local man, a petty blackmailer, hanging from a tree. While methodically seeking clues on the vast grounds of Tancred House and in nearby Kingsmarkham, Wexford is drawn to the plucky survivor, even as he grieves over his estrangement from his daughter Sheila, who is in love with an insufferable young novelist. For all the suspenseful pleasures of the plot, which includes arson and another murder, it's Rendell's characters, major and minor, who are standouts. This is among the very best from the accomplished, prolific author of The Veiled One and The Bridesmaid. 35,000 first printing; author tour. (June)
Kirkus Reviews
Rendell's last few books haven't been up to her extraordinarily high standard, but Chief Inspector Wexford's first appearance since The Veiled One (1988) is cause for celebration. The crime under investigation—the murder of monstrous old novelist Davina Flory, her younger MP husband Harvey Copeland, and her daughter Naomi, along with the shooting of granddaughter Daisy—is thick with mysteries beyond whodunit: What were the two criminals looking for beyond a bit of jewelry? How did they make their escape? What's happened to Naomi's business partner, Joanne Garland, and what's her connection to Daisy's father, George (Gunner) Jones? What links the killings to a fatal bank-robbery a year before? Wexford, ruefully treating Daisy as a replacement for his beloved actress daughter Sheila, who's deserted him for an obnoxious, postmodern novelist, patiently sifts the stories of the large cast, setting off the string of quiet, continuous, steadily deepening revelations of character that are the hallmark of Rendell's best work. No matter that the final revelation is at once surprising, predictable (Rendell falls back on one of the oldest clich‚s of the genre), and anticlimactic. The story marks a masterful return to form for the supreme living exponent of the English detective story.

From the Publisher
"It's hard to imagine anyone who can do more justice to a psychopath than Ruth Rendell." —Globe & Mail

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780446403344
Publisher:
Grand Central Publishing
Publication date:
05/01/1993
Series:
Chief Inspector Wexford Series , #15
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
4.25(w) x 6.75(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Ruth Rendell has been writing mysteries under her own name and as Barbara Vine for 25 years.  She is the author of more than 30 books, including her series of Inspector Wexford novels, several of which have been dramatized for TV.  She has received numerous awards, including three Edgar Allan Poe Awards from the Mystery Writers of America.  The Bridesmaid, published by Doubleday Canada in 1989 and Seal Books in 1990, was the first of her novels to be published separately in Canada.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
February 17, 1930
Place of Birth:
London, England
Education:
Loughton County High School for Girls, Essex

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