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SPOILER WARNING! Misogynists in the Mix,
This review is from: No More Dying Then: An Inspector Wexford Mystery (Paperback)
Not being familiar with Rendell's work, but needing something to pass the time with, I kept reading more out of amazement that such a loathsome, self-centered mysogynist as Burden (an aptly named character if there ever was one) is the most central character. DON'T READ FURTHER IF YOU DON'T WANT SPOILERS FOR THE PREDICTABLE PLOT.
How people can enjoy a story that features a recently widowed man whose greatest sadness and regreat is not for a) losing his wife's loving presence or b) his childrens' woes, but c) he is now perforce chaste and sexually frustrated, his priggishness and self-absorption making any other woman unappealing: That is until he meets an equally self-absorbed woman whom he finds initially distasteful because--wait for it--she's a poor housekeeper.
But it gets better! When they finally get in the sack, he is now jealous of her interest and distraction for HER MISSING SON AND HE'S THE POLICE OFFICER ASSIGNED THE TASK OF FINDING HIM!
I'm sorry, but eyewwww! This is like a slow train wreck and I keep reading thinking it cannot get worse! His sister-in-law, a professional and highly credentialed nurse, has tossed it all aside to be a stand-in Mummy/housekeeper. She's as selfless as he is thoughtless. For six months she's been a faithful slave and he cannot even call home to say he won't make it for dinner. (Oh well, this WAS written 1969).
I agree that stylistically she's on top and her characters are well drawn out, if always based on cliches. But hers is a dark world full of really unsympathetic people. Woof!
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Initial post: Oct 4, 2008 10:41:19 AM PDT
Obviously the previous reviewer has never suffered the loss of a spouse, nor did they have the background of knowing Inspector Burden from the first 5 books to understand that the author is portraying the emotional roller coaster of grief. I was totally absorbed by this story and look forward to seeing what will happen to Inspector Burden in future novels.
Posted on Oct 11, 2008 4:49:47 PM PDT
It would be helpful in the future if, when including a spoiler in a review, you would not put the spoiler itself IN ALL CAPS WHERE IT CAN BE READ ACCIDENTALLY. Just put the "SPOILER ALERT" in caps, and keep the spoiler itself in lower case. Or better yet, don't include a spoiler in your reviews at all - you could have made your point in this case quite easily without spoiling the plot for the rest of us. There was no need to go into that much detail, and you especially did not need to PUT THE SPOILER IN ALL CAPS.
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