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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Fawcett (November 13, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345359941
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345359940
  • Product Dimensions: 1.6 x 2.7 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #309,807 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Elderly Gwen Robson is found murdered in a shopping-mall garage and Inspector Wexford and partner Mike Burden investigate. "Rendell's reputation for literary grace, ingenious plots and arresting characters is borne out again in her latest stunning mystery," enthused PW . "It's a spellbinder."
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"As sharp, observant and intelligent as ever" Sunday Express "A dark, gripping novel permeated with unease and psychological twists ... Certain to send a shiver down your spine" Today --This text refers to the Unknown Binding edition.

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It has good characters, a good plot, and it has mystery.
J. Robinson
My advice is to read the very first Wexford mystery, From Doon With Death, and then simply look forward to this one.
RachelWalker
I have only just started to read the book, and I find it quite interesting.
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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful By RachelWalker on February 22, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The Veiled One is Rendell's 14th Inspector Wexford mystery, and as excellent as all the rest. The continued quality of this series is remarkable. There have only been one or two slightly lacklustre books in it, and those were very early on in her career.
One November evening, Wexford drives him from Barringdean Shopping Centre, noticing nothing amiss. He is preoccupied with family matters. precisely, his daughter Sheila who, in protest, has damaged Ministry of Defence Property, the wire fence surrounding a nuclear weapons facility. An actress, her face is automatically splashed across the papers.
Later, at home, Burden phones through with the news: a garotted body has been founding in the Shopping Centre Car Park, hidden between two cars. She is identified as Gwen Robson, a home-help of late middle-age, who lives in Kingsmarkham with her arthritic husband. However, before Wexford himself cna do much investigating, he too faces death, in the form of a politically motiovated car-bomb inteded for his daughter Sheila. So, Mike Burden forges ahead on his own, quickly narrowing in on a suspect, the son of the woman who found the body. But are his intuitions right?
This is probably Rendell's most psychologically rich mystery. Some of the characters are quite odd, and she lays them psychologically bare, creating fascinating and rather unsettling psychological portraits. Indeed, the depth with which she examines her characters in this book is probably unequalled in any other Wexford novel.
Wexford is on excellent form again, and it's often easy to forget quite what a great lead character he is.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By mag on November 26, 2010
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For many years I have enjoyed reading Ruth Rendell's books. This was the first book I bought in its kindle edition and I had trouble recognizing her style. Not only is the this edition peppered with uncharacteristic spelling errors, I also got the feeling that the story moved in leaps and bounds, giving an unfinished impression. Towards the end of the book I even came across two author's notes, which were placed in brackets, referring to things the author meant to look up at some point. I have reached the conclusion that this electronic edition must have been copied from some kind of draft manuscript. I did not appreciate reading this version and found it inferior to what I am used to from this author.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By takingadayoff TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 7, 2012
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This had every appearance of being a mainstream police procedural that, even if expertly written, would be entertaining for the duration of the time it took to read it, and then be forgotten quickly. Looks can be deceiving.

Recently I resolved to give Ruth Rendell's Wexford novels a fresh look. Somehow I had decided years ago that they were boring. So I began with the first of the series, From Doon with Death, which came out in 1964. It was an enjoyable mystery, a just the facts ma'am bare bones detective story, an introduction to Inspector Wexford that didn't reveal much about him.

Unable to find the second novel, Sins of the Fathers (Chief Inspector Wexford Mysteries, No. 2), I moved on to Wolf to the Slaughter. It was dreary and complicated and not very interesting. And Wexford's underling, Inspector Burden, was very annoying with his prim attitude. I didn't finish it.

But then I came across The Veiled One, which was well into the series, first published in 1988, so I abandoned the chronological approach. Inspector Burden is again an unattractive character, judgmental and narrow-minded. When Wexford is hospitalized with injuries, Burden has to take charge of a murder case and determines that one suspect is almost certainly the killer. Despite reservations expressed by both his wife and his boss, Burden sets his sights on extracting a confession from the suspect. This takes an unexpected and curiously satisfying turn.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By DorParkr on July 11, 2003
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The Veiled One was the first Ruth Rendell novel and I am delighted to report that I was thoroughly captivated and entertained. Rendell writes fluid prose with interesting characters and acute observations about human nature and behavior. I particularly liked the main character Wexford and his naturally dry and mostly sarcastic wit. The mystery is well plotted and wraps up neatly. To be honest, the ending did occur to me, but by the time I got to the end I was impressed enough by the whole effort that I didn't care about that at all. The ending is quite satisfying... the type that makes sense while still surprising enough. I look forward to many more enjoyable evenings with Ruth Rendell and Chief Inspector Wexford.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Susan M. Browne on July 14, 2012
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I very much enjoyed this story, as I do all British murder mysteries - I am a big fan of the genre. However, the typos present in the Kindle version are completely unacceptable. We pay good money now for Kindle books - they are not being given away - therefore, the editorial quality must be consistent with the printed version.
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