Wednesday, March 07, 2007

The next Ruth Rendell book...

is the 21st in the Chief Inspector Wexford series. 'Not in the Flesh' is out in the UK on 2nd August 2007.

The synopsis from
Searching for truffles in a wood, a man and his dog unearth something less savoury - a human hand. The body, as Chief Inspector Wexford is informed later, has lain buried for ten years or so, wrapped in a purple cotton shroud. The post mortem can not reveal the precise cause of death. The only clue is a crack in one of the dead man's ribs. Although it covers a relatively short period of time, the computer stores a long list of Missing Persons. Men, women and children disappear at an alarming rate, nationwide something like 500 every day. So Wexford knows he is going to have a job on his hands to identify the corpse. And then, only about twenty yards away from the woodland burial site, in the cellar of a disused cottage, another body is discovered. The detection skills of Wexford, Burden and the other investigating officers of the Kingsmarkham Police Force are tested to the utmost to discover whether the murders are connected and to track down whoever is responsible.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Thanks, I look forward to this one. Mind you, from their synopsis, sounds just like every other Wexford book! Nothing wrong with that whatsoever, but it does take me back to being about 15 and getting them out of the local library. When you do read the book, lots has changed, of course -- one of the many nice things about these books is Wexford's feelings about and reactions to "modern" times.