With floods threatening both the town of Kingsmarkham and his own home and no end to the rain in sight, Chief Inspector Wexford already has his hands full when he learns that two local teenagers have gone missing along with their sitter, Joanna Troy. Their hysterical mother is convinced that all three have drowned, and as the hours stretch into days Wexford suspects a case of kidnapping, perhaps connected with an unusual sect called the Church of the Good Gospel. But when the sitter’s smashed-up car is found at the bottom of a local quarry–occupied by a battered corpse–the investigation takes on a very different hue.
The Babes in the Wood is Ruth Rendell at her very best, a scintillating, precise and troubling story of seduction and religious fanaticism–and murder.
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Ruth Rendell has won numerous awards, including three Edgars and the Grand Master Award from Mystery Writers of America, and four Gold Daggers, one Silver Dagger, and a Cartier Diamond Dagger for outstanding contribution to the genre from Britain’s prestigious Crime Writers’ Association. She lives in London where she is a Life Peer in the House of Lords.
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Ruth Rendell's brand of psychological suspense is much imitated, but her master's touch is clearly evident. Nigel Anthony, also clearly a master of the narrative arts, takes listeners through Inspector Wexford's winding investigation of the disappearance of two teenaged children and their overnight sitter. Moody, introspective, and intellectual, Wexford is wonderfully played by Anthony, who amplifies, not just the Chief Inspector, but the other policemen, family members, and townsfolk. Anthony spins out the tale with ease and assurance. He's in touch with the story's pace, knowing exactly when to stretch it out and when to ratchet up the suspense. Listeners can savor Rendell's newest work and enjoy the listening hours. R.F.W. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2004, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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Book Description Hutchinson, 2002. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0091794463