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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (983 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ruth Rendell Narrator: John Lee Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Inspector Wexford Series Release Date:
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At first there was no reason to link the killings. The first one, months earlier, seemed totally random: a lump of concrete pushed off an overpass onto a passing car. By contrast, the gruesome bludgeoning death of Amber Marshalson, returning home late from a night out clubbing with friends, was obviously calculated. The killer had been seen waiting for the girl in a nearby wood. But when Chief Inspector Wexford discovers that Amber had been the driver right behind the crushed car—and that she’d been driving a silver Honda, while the car in front of her was a gray Honda—he knows that someone wanted the teenager dead badly enough to kill twice to get the job done. And as it turns out, this murderer’s plans are only just getting underway. Can Wexford unravel the complex knots that connect these murders in time to save future victims? Or is he, as he begins to fear, losing his touch and fast becoming a relic of another time?

Long beloved by readers for her deft weaving of wonderfully meticulous characterization, dark humor, and trenchant social commentary into gripping and fast-paced plots, Ruth Rendell is in top form with End in Tears. Taking off from the first page with back-to-back murders and ending with one of Wexford’s own officers in mortal danger, End in Tears touches on issues of class, race, parenthood, aging, and gender roles as it brings the traditional British whodunit into the twenty-first century.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Meticulous and coolly malicious…Flat-out brilliant.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • Rendell knows how to make your hair stand up straight on your head Maeve Binchy
  • Rendell’s eerie capacity to comprehend disturbed criminal minds continues to astonish The Times
  • “Within the flexible moral framework of Rendell’s world, all it takes is a murder to bring out the nastiness in everyone. She’s flat-out brilliant at using her quintessentially decent detective and his family, along with his colleagues on the Kingsmarkham police force, to test whatever issues happen to be upending the established order. While not as suspenseful as her non-series crime novels or as dark as the psychological thrillers she writes as Barbara Vine, this carefully plotted whodunit functions as both a subtle case study in the criminal aberrations of parental love and a sly object lesson in the evils of intolerance.”

    New York Times

  • “Rendell casts a particularly wry eye at Wexford’s attempts to adapt to particulars of today’s world, from unwed mothers to global warming and quite a bit more. At the top of that list is Wexford’s extraordinarily politically correct subordinate, Hannah Goldsmith, ever on guard for displays of racism or sexism, who finds herself attracted to an Indian inspector whose courtship manners are strictly Old World. Goldsmith provides the mystery with humor, a touch of romance, and its inevitable hairsbreadth escape.”

    Washington Post

  • “Once again Rendell provides a thoughtful mystery, persistent suspense, and a welcome return to Kingsmarkham.”

    Daily News (London)

  • “Suspense and surprise…Rendell displays her incomparable skills to full effect.”

    Orlando Sentinel

  • “An unpredictable denouement…Rendell is in top form here.”

    San Diego Union-Tribune

  • “Against [a] sinister backdrop stands Wexford, who’s in lion-in-winter mode. He’s irked and perplexed by modern life, by the casual way young girls conceive babies, by the sprawl devouring the once-lush Sussex countryside, even by his own fractious family. But he never loses the anger and dedication that propel him to solve crimes and understand evil…Rendell fans…should be well satisfied.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Plot twists abound for those into neck-snapping plots.”

    Bookmarks magazine

  • “A rich cast of characters makes up for the mechanical plot in Rendell’s twentieth Chief Inspector Wexford mystery, starring the shrewd, grandfatherly detective and his handsome, considerably younger sidekick, Burden…Prolific three-time Edgar winner Rendell proves a master at rendering the joys and sorrows of human relationships.”


  • “Wexford emerges from an intricate web of red herrings to identify a sadly amateurish scam and a surprising killer. Average for Rendell’s distinguished list of whodunits, which makes it just a whisker below state of the art.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “John Lee’s great achievement in reading Ruth Rendell’s twentieth novel about Chief Inspector Wexford is his ability to draw the reader into the story. Lee provides a fully voiced performance of the book, differentiating the characters effectively; furthermore, his use of silence, of pace, of even his ever precise diction manages always to make the story intriguing. Lee’s accomplishment is all the more worthwhile since the novel, while as insightful about human nature as Rendell’s other Wexford books, is a bit straightforward and unsurprising in its plotting…Lee sounds truly interested in the story, and in some indefinable way that compels the listener’s attention, too. Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award.”


  • Long-listed for the 2007 Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jill | 2/19/2014

    " Good listen! I like how Ruth Rendell really leaves you hanging until the very end and mixes in lots of irrelevant details to keep you thinking. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by medi | 2/5/2014

    " not ruth's best, but certainly not bad "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Kristen | 1/26/2014

    " Two years ago, I've read my first Ruth Rendell novel. Yesterday, I finished End in Tears, another powerful Wexford mystery set in England, when it starts off with a murder of a teenage girl, and what kind of life she led before her death, and then another teens turns up missing, when she ended up dead. There's a connection between the two girls, when the links fall into place, and a shocking twist right into the end you won't believe. Plus, there's a possible blooming romance between two of Wexford's colleagues, and Wexford's daughter Sylvia's surprising third pregnancy. A good novel all the way around. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Sylvia Wiebe Mason | 1/17/2014

    " Not her best read but a good one. Able to put it down and read other things in between so no page turner but I love her twists. This one has a bit too much moralizing in the theme. "

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