“[Rendell is] undoubtedly one of the best writers of English mysteries and chiller-killer plots.”—Los Angeles Times
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.
Praise for Wolf to the Slaughter
“The best mystery writer anywhere in the English-speaking world.”—The Boston Globe
“You cannot afford to miss Ruth Rendell.”—The New York Times Book Review
“For readers who have almost given up on mysteries . . . Rendell may be just the woman to get them started again.”—Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine
About the Author
Ruth Rendell is the author of Road Rage, The Keys to the Street, Bloodlines, Simisola, and The Crocodile Bird. She is the winner of the Mystery Writers of America Grand Master Award. She is also the recipient of three Edgars from the Mystery Writers of America and four Gold Daggers from Great Britain’s Crime Writers Association. In 1997, she was named a life peer in the House of Lords. Rendell also writes mysteries under the name of Barbara Vine, of which A Dark-Adapted Eye is the most famous. She lives in England.
Date of Birth:February 17, 1930
Place of Birth:London, England
Education:Loughton County High School for Girls, Essex
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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!
Ruth Rendell knows how to write a great mystery. I love to follow Cheif Inspector Wexford.
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.