From the author of SIMISOLA, a novel featuring Chief Inspector Wexford, whose wife allies herself to a protest movement when a by-pass is planned for Kingsmarkham, but the plot thickens when the lifeless body of a young woman is discovered, and people go missing, including his wife.
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Nobody has a better ear for the whine of the unloved and underappreciated than Ruth Rendell. Early in this Inspector Wexford adventure, a young woman who was bound and gagged during a robbery demands victim counseling; not long after, families of some people taken hostage quickly cluster themselves into a support group. The titular "road rage" is equally timely and politically correct: protestors have gathered from around the world to stop, by whatever means they can, a new motorway that will cut through some of the woods surrounding Wexford's fictional but endearing village of Kingsmarkham.From the Publisher:
"Rendell's evolution from the unnervingly focused analyst of plausible psychoses to the more outward chronicler who uses crime to diagnose the ills of contemporary Britain one of the glories of today's mystery fiction continues in a masterful tale of eco-terrorism that chills Chief Inspector Wexford as none of his earlier cases have. . . .Rendell's most probing and ambitious book since well, since Wexford's Edgar winning last appearance in Simisola (1995)."
--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"The latest Inspector Wexford tale (following Simisola,1995) from the redoubtable Rendell has a spectacularly unexpected twist. . . . Such eternal questions as enduring marital affection and love of the English countryside are the engines that make this Wexford outing move in Rendell's usual absorbing way."
"Rendell, as always, skillfully constructs a plot of twists and turns that manages to be both surprising and logical."
--Mary Higgins Clark Mystery
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Book Description Trafalgar Square, 1997. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0091792304