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

Overview

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

From the Publisher
"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:
9780345344113
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
11/12/1986
Series:
Chief Inspector Wexford Series, #3

Meet the Author

Ruth Rendell is the recipient of several awards, including three Edgars and four Gold Daggers from the UK’s Crime Writers’ Association. Simisola, Blood Lines, Keys to the Street, and The Brimstone Wedding (written as Barbara Vine) are available from Brilliance Audio. She lives in England.

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.