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Oct 12, 2004 | ISBN 9781400034192

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"Spectacular. . . . Rendell writes with a chill poetic precision." –-The Washington Post Book World

"Hard to put down. . . . Ruth Rendell is a master of the genre." —Los Angeles Times

“Subtle, mysterious. . . . Through flawless character work, Rendell transforms what could be a conventional suspense story into a close, and at times cruelly funny, psychological study of domestic disorder.” —The New York Times Book Review

“Wonderful. . . . Rendell, as usual, gives us more than a mere mystery here. Her novel is a multilayered construction in which a case acts itself out amid nature’s dark forces and the even darker forces that shape the psyches of the village inhabitants.” —Pittsburgh Post Gazette

“When it comes to the classic mystery . . . nobody does it better than Ruth Rendell. To her mastery of the traditional form, she adds a contemporary spin that places her above most of her peers and makes her Chief Inspector Wexford novels notable as much for their insights as for their puzzles. . . . [She is] a beguiling storyteller.” —San Diego Union-Tribune

"Fans will be pleased. . . . The plot . . . marches efficiently to its unguessable d?nouement while demonstrating Rendell’s grasp of the psychological dynamics of seduction." —The New Yorker

"It is the merging of the personal, political, and procedural where Rendell shines. . . . [The Babes in the Wood is] a good yarn, which Rendell spins with her customary casual elegance." —The Boston Globe

“Rendell’s gift for intelligent, coolheaded storytelling remains undiminished.” —Entertainment Weekly

"This veteran writer does not disappoint with The Babes in the Wood. . . . Miss Rendell is a master of the psychological twist, and she throws in several before Wexford finds all the answers. . . . If you are not [already] a fan, read this and you will be." —The Washington Times

"Rendell grabs readers’ attention in the first scene . . . [and] with a mix of the sinister and the mundane, she retains her hold throughout." —Boston Herald

“As usual, [Rendell] has a few genuine surprises on tap as the astute Wexford neatly sorts out myriad lies to find a clever killer.”–Orlando Sentinel

"The greatest charm of Ruth Rendell’s The Babes in the Wood is in her characterizations. . . . [She paints] vivid pictures at every level with sharp dialogue and observation." —San Jose Mercury News

"The Babes in the Wood is more than just another mystery, count on it. To Rendell fans, it’s a respite from waiting; to everybody else, it’s an introduction to a vast, dark world and hours upon hours of reading well spent." —Dayton Daily News

“A heart-wrenching tale. . . . Leaves the reader wondering whodunit until the final pages.” —The Roanoke Times

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