End in Tears (Chief Inspector Wexford Series #20)

End in Tears (Chief Inspector Wexford Series #20)

by Ruth Rendell
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End in Tears (Chief Inspector Wexford Series #20) by Ruth Rendell

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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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780091796464
Publisher: Hutchinson Radius
Publication date: 10/28/2005
Series: Chief Inspector Wexford Series , #20

About the Author

Ruth Rendell has won many awards, including the Crime Writers’ Association Gold Dagger for 1976’s best crime novel with A Demon in My View; a second Edgar in 1984 from the Mystery Writers of America for the best short story, The New Girl Friend; a Gold Dagger award for Live Flesh in 1986. She was also the winner of the 1990 Sunday Times Literary award, as well as the Crime Writers’ Association Cartier Diamond Dagger. In 1996 she was awarded the CBE and in 1997 became a Life Peer.

From the Hardcover edition.

Date of Birth:

February 17, 1930

Place of Birth:

London, England


Loughton County High School for Girls, Essex

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End in Tears (Chief Inspector Wexford Series #20) 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
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bklvr2 More than 1 year ago
Ruth Rendell had a great idea for End in Tears, and it held my interest until the very end, where it completely fell apart. Inspector Wexford and her other characters were well-drawn, as usual, and interesting, but the "solution" was so unbelievable, contrived, and weak that it spoiled the book for me. It was very compelling up until that point, and I couldn't put it down. What a disappointment! I have read nearly all of Ruth Rendell's books, and this ending was not up to her usual high standards. I especially recommend Speaker of Mandarin, From Doon with Death, and Sins of the Fathers, all by Ruth Rendell.
JessLucy More than 1 year ago
It's incredibly difficult to choose just one Ruth Rendell novel as a favorite, because they are all so wonderful! End in Tears is flawlessly written, captivating and disturbing. I get so excited when Rendell (and her alter-ego Barbara Vine) puts out another book that I rush out to buy it, turn off the phone and settle in for the weekend. This novel definately delivers; when I turned the final page and read the last paragraph I just sat, stunned. If you like her style, I would also recommend: Acid Row, the Devil's Feather, and the Shape of Snake by Minette Walters. Also, you may like Morag Joss, Anita Shreve and Alexander McCall Smith. Under the name Barbara Vine, I loved The Brimstone Wedding, A Fatal Inversion, and A Dark-Adapted Eye.
moortina More than 1 year ago
This is a mystery with characters who are relevant and fascinating to all ages. Ruth Rendell manages to include us all in her tale and also shows a poignant understanding of the social challenges we all have to deal with. The mystery is challenging and the solution somewhat surprising - but shouldn't be...Strongly recommend!
GailCooke More than 1 year ago
Everyone loves a British whodunit, especially when it comes from the redoubtable pen of Ruth Rendell. This is the 20th story with Inspector General Reg Wexford as the lead character, and time hasn't dimmed his appeal. He may not be a hero to his younger colleagues at the Kingsmarkham police station in Sussex but he is to millions of listeners/readers throughout the world. One reason for his popularity may be his accessability - it's a struggle for him to follow doctor's orders, a losing battle to make him exercise regularly, he has problems with his daughter, and he's not very good at avoiding temptation, although he does sit on his hands when in a pub to avoid the tempting bowl of cashew nuts. As in previous tales he is accompanied by friend and fellow officer Mike Burden. End In Tears focuses on the killing of two young women. At first the deaths seem unrelated. In the initial fatality a hunk of concrete was shoved off an overpass onto a car beneath. Months pass and then another murder - Amber Marshalson is cruelly, almost sadistically beaten to death late at night as she returns from a round of nightspots. Her killer was seen waiting for her, but not identified. Investigation reveals that Amber was driving her car directly behind the car that was crushed. Further, the two cars closely resembled each other. It is also learned that the two women had traveled to Germany together. Burden immediately assumes that drugs are somehow involved. Wexford thinks otherwise. It is now obvious that someone had gone to great lengths to make sure that Amber was dead. But, who and why? Broadway, television and cinema actor Daniel Gerroll has an impressive list of appearances to his credit, including the films Chariots of Fire, Big Business, and 84 Charing Cross Road. British by birth he has a deft way with accents. Gerroll has the voice for this Sussex based mystery. He delivers his tale with polish and just enough world-weariness for the often perplexed Wexford. - Gail Cooke
Guest More than 1 year ago
As usual with Rendell, she has presented exciting and well rounded characters. Unlike many authors, Rendell provides depth to not only her protagonist, Wexford, but to the other members of his investigative team, creating a very realistic atmosphere. The plot is complex with numerous twists and an unexpected red herring. The lack of use of current technology that most police have available is the only issue that kept the ranking to 4 stars. In all other respects, End in Tears is an exciting and beautifully constructed work.
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