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Rendell, Ruth

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Ruth Rendell is the award-winning author of the Chief Inspector Wexford mysteries.

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Amazonchic - 02:36pm May 3, 2000 PST(#36 of 43)

Please disregard my post above. We discussed the solution today in class. I wasn't the only one who had trouble recognizing the killer.

I was very disappointed at the ending of "Keys to the Street" It seemed like she just got sick of writing and decided to chop it off. There seemed to be a lot that wasn't cleared up. Especially in regards to the murderer. I loved the book, up until the last chapter. The ending could have been a lot better than it was. It's a shame that it wasn't.

Marie Javet - 01:08pm Oct 23, 2000 PST(#37 of 43)

I want to react to Joe Lee's review of "Harm Done", by Ruth Rendell. I found it rather severe. "Harm Done" might not be Rendell's best novel, however I would like to make a few points. In my opinion, we don't learn (at most we sometimes guess) anything about the author's position on issues like domestic violence or "untidy housekeeping". Doesn't writing reviews about books imply being able to make the basic difference between author, narrator and character? I would have thought so...Reading for example "No more dying then", you learn that Inspector Burden has indeed a strong dislike for "untidy housekeeping", which doesn't mean that the author actually shares it, on the contrary, she often shows him as the narrow-minded conservative, as opposed to more sympathetic liberal Wexford! The reviewer also mentions the scene where Wexford's daughter, Sylvia, spots out a case of domestic violence by watching a photo of a family: he finds it lacking credibility. But he forgets the context of the story itself: the inspector's daughter volunteers for a help line where she listens to abused women, she even helps providing a shelter for them: she is bound to recognise an abused woman when she sees one. Or at least, her mind is focused on the subject (she is even obsessing about it), therefore she is bound to see abused women everywhere: I found the way Rendell brought the comment that lead her father to the truth very credible! Last but not least: the reviewer says the men of the book are "imperceptive and dull, often brutal". OK, but then the book deals (very cleverly I think) with the theme of male abusers. She shows that the abuser is not only the pedophile known for his murders and shun by society but can also be hidden in the respectable, polite and wealthy neighbour. The book doesn't say all men are bad, but displays the dark side of some of them. Rendell has a line that she follows, she gives accurate portraits of the flaws of society, and she does it well. Maybe the reviewer should read "the crocodile bird" or "the killing doll", to realize that Rendell doesn't make a habit of taking men as targets. The women in theses books are indeed "imperceptive and dull, often brutal"!

Swampy - 06:47am Dec 29, 2003 PST(#38 of 43)

I've got a little problem here, and I want to ask a favour from anyone who has read Ruth Randell's "Going wrong".

I want to read the book, but unfortunately, I've lost the first two pages of it. I have the whole book from page 8 to 75.

If it helps, the first words of the remaining pages are:

"me like that, William is becoming important to me and I am to him. There, you know.' 'Is he your lover?'..."

So I'm asking someone to write or scan the first pages and send the text to

I'd thank you to death. :]

Romen Rey - 07:13am Jun 24, 2004 PST(#39 of 43)


I taped the show. Unfortunately, the LAST 2 MINUTES BLACKED OUT (network problem) so I was unable to see what happened in the very end. Could someone please share with me? Thanks.

Claudia Vester-Hawthorne - 05:18pm Jan 15, 2005 PST(#40 of 43)

Could someone who has read the short story "The Carer" which is part of Ruth Rendell's "Blood Lines: Long & Short Stories" please give me a synopsis of several paragraphs and tell me how many pages this short story is? I have a portion of the story beginning with the sentence "The house and the people were new to her" and ending with the sentence: "There had not been much looking forward in her existence, or much looking back, come to that." I will be buying a used copy of the book but urgently need to know how the story progresses and ends ASAP! Thank you!

The Clueless One - 06:36am Aug 27, 2005 PST(#41 of 43)
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I am currently reading Thirteen Steps Down. Not far from finishing it in fact.

The Cat Cyril - 08:56pm Sep 26, 2005 PST(#42 of 43)

Hi fellow Ruth Rendell fans!

If you are in the NYC area, here is THE event of the year....this Thursday, 9/29, Ruth Rendell will be appearing at Partners in Crime (44 Greenwich Ave., corner of Charles). She'll be signing copies of "Thirteen Steps Down".

This will be her first and ONLY - New York appearance in more than ten years!

I plan to be there!

ashok - 11:02pm Apr 6, 2015 PST(#43 of 43)

Hi,If anybody read The keys to the street,can you give me the name of the Impaler and details of him from the book?

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