Wolf to the Slaughter (Chief Inspector Wexford Series #3)

Wolf to the Slaughter (Chief Inspector Wexford Series #3)

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by Ruth Rendell
     
 

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It was better than a hotel, this anonymous room on a secluded side street of a small country town. No register to sign, no questions asked, and for five bucks a man could have three hours of undisturbed, illicit lovemaking.

Then one evening a man with a knife turned the love nest into a death chamber. The carpet was soaked with blood -- but where was the corpse…  See more details below

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It was better than a hotel, this anonymous room on a secluded side street of a small country town. No register to sign, no questions asked, and for five bucks a man could have three hours of undisturbed, illicit lovemaking.

Then one evening a man with a knife turned the love nest into a death chamber. The carpet was soaked with blood -- but where was the corpse?

Meanwhile, a beautiful, promiscuous woman is missing -- along with the bundle of cash she'd had in her pocket. The truth behind it all will keep even veteran mystery fans guessing through the very last page.

Editorial Reviews

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"Rendell is awfully good....in any Rendell book you know that something unusual is going to happen."—The New York Times Book Review

"Undoubtedly one of the best writers of English mysteries and chiller-killer plots."—Los Angeles Times

"For readers who have almost given up mysteries... Rendell may be just the woman to get them started again."—Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine

"First-rate Entertainment."—Saturday Review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307829528
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
11/21/2012
Series:
Chief Inspector Wexford Series , #3
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
66,625
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

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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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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Wolf to the Slaughter (Chief Inspector Wexford Series #3) 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ruth Rendell¿s Chief Inspector Wexford mysteries are important entries to the police procedural genre. This, the second of the series, is probably the book that cemented Rendell¿s decision to continue. The daughter of local artist Rupert Margolis hasn¿t been home in a few days, but her father isn¿t reporting her disappearance. No, instead, he is filling out inquirings for someone to help him manage his household in his daughter¿s stead! And then Wexford receives a note that says daughter Ann has been murdered, and the suspects name given. With his ever-present second in command Mike Burden, Wexford begins his investigation, characterized by methodical thinking and well-paced moving! The plot becomes ever so convoluted--but don¿t give up. Rendell is in complete charge (it¿s one of her longer Wexfords) and by the conclusion her logial thinking, clever plot execution, and expert character development have won the day. ¿Wolf to the Slaughter¿ is also perhaps one of Rendell¿s most suspense-filled books (of the Wexford series). A local hotel has been letting one of its rooms as a love nest, but when a man with a knife one evening gets through with it, it is a room of blood, violence, and death. But whose? There¿s no corpse to be found! Wexford and Burden take over and the pages turn automatically after this, as Rendell¿s heros leave no stone unturned--nor sheet unfurled! Rendell has published many other books that are not in the series (she also writes under the name of Barbara Vine) and, with each, she clearly knows what she¿s writing about--she¿s a master here. And the surprise ending is handled masterly, too!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This tittle was not vary interesting. It was very predictable since the first page. I thought that this would be a more chalenging tittle but it is more of a 'Young Teen' tittle.