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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,059 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ruth Rendell Narrator: Christopher Ravenscroft Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Inspector Wexford Series Release Date: July 2000 ISBN: 9780375417061
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The search for the body commenced. Then the victim walked into town.

Behind the picture-postcard façade of Kingsmarkham lies a community rife with violence, betrayal, and a taste for vengeance. When sixteen-year-old Lizzie Cromwell reappears no one knows where she has been, including Lizzie herself. Inspector Wexford thinks she was with a boyfriend. But the disappearance of a three-year-old girl casts a more ominous light on events. And when the public's outrage turns toward a recently released pederast and another suspect turns up stabbed to death, Wexford must try to unravel the mystery before any more bodies appear, and before a mob of local vigilantes metes out a rough justice to their least favorite suspect. In Harm Done, the violence is near at hand, and evil lies just a few doors down the block.        

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Quotes & Awards

  • Ruth Rendell is surely one of the greatest novelists presently at work in our language. She is a writer whose work should be read by anyone who enjoys either brilliant mystery--or distinguished literature. Scott Turow
  • Ruth Rendell is unequivocally the most brilliant mystery writer of our time. Patricia Cornwell
  • Rendell's clear, shapely prose casts the mesmerizing spell of the confessional. The New Yorker
  • No one plays head games quite as well as Rendell. The Gazette (Montreal)
  • Rendell writes with such elegance and restraint, with such a literate voice and an insightful mind, that she transcends the mystery genre and achieves something almost sublime. Los Angeles Times
  • No one writes with more devastating accuracy about the world we live and commit sins in today. . . . She is one of our most important novelists. John Mortimer
  • Rendell just seems to get sharper and sharper. The Ottawa Citizen
  • British crime at its best can be found in the fiction of Ruth Rendell, for whom no superlative is sufficient. Chronicle-Herald (Halifax)
  • Ruth Rendell has written some of the best novels of twentieth-century crime fiction. Frances Fyfield, author of Blind Date and Without Consent

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Becky | 2/14/2014

    " There didn't seem to be a plot, and it was a meandering story. Boring. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alex Howard | 2/11/2014

    " Four and a half for this one. If you think you know where this is going with the first case, think again. There's a lot of good social commentary with very recognisable characters in the book, and for once in a book the parallel cases don't fall over each other or feel like a half forgotten add-on. All this is through the gentle meandering of a Wexford case, so it's something of a hidden gem. If you stand back at the end of the book and add up what's happened, you wouldn't think there was the room. Yet at the time you're reading it, it's all so logical and plausible, which is another good mark of quality writing. Very much enjoyed this. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Edward | 2/8/2014

    " As I started listening, I realized I'd heard this book before. I kept at it because I couldn't remember all the book's many characters and subplots. I normally don't do this but found it much easier to follow while multi-tasking. This Inspector Wexford mystery was still enjoyable the second time around. It's always interesting to remember the many continuing characters and running plots in the Wexford books. I may re-read, that is, re-hear, more books now. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Martha | 1/30/2014

    " One of Rendell's best--interweaving of all the folks in the public housing project--the illogical decisions, the grudge holding--all secondary to the main plot. Lots of characters, even minor ones well rounded. Closely seen detail minutely rendered. This is what good fiction writing is. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Norvus | 1/22/2014

    " Story was disjointed. She's always a worthwhile read, though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jayne Charles | 1/14/2014

    " There was a lot happening in this book, which slightly made up for the fact that the 'main mystery' was quite poor. It was unravelled as usual by Wexford and I found myself thinking, 'Eh? So that's it, is it?'. Other strands of the plot dealt with the (at the time) rather topical issue of vigilantes tracking down suspected paedophiles. The novel takes a good look at both sides of this issue, and whilst I had no children when I read this book, I have now and I suspect I would see things differently. A thought provoking read, not necessarily the best whodunnit. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Geoff Baldock | 1/12/2014

    " Not a bad read, but not memorable "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Glynis Hamlett | 1/5/2014

    " An interesting read.. I will read more of the same.. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Annalies | 12/31/2013

    " I was somewhat disappointed with the book...although I rarely stop mid way through reading a book I found this Wexford novel tedious...which is strange as I'm normally a fan of the series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melita Bray | 12/28/2013

    " Just finished reading this book . Over-all its good but it was rather slow in places . It had a good stoy line though and that is what kept me reading it . A safe easy to read book . "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marty | 12/14/2013

    " This one didn't do it for me. Slow getting started - never grabbed me - except perhaps at the last few pages, but then probably because i just wanted to finish it and see how it turned out. I had difficulty keeping the characters straight - there were too many of them! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Teresa | 11/16/2013

    " I have not read many of Ruth Rendell's books because I have tended to find them depressing. This one was no exception. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dianne Fossum | 11/11/2013

    " I love all books by Ruth Rendell. I love all the twists in her mysteries. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diane | 9/14/2013

    " Good read. Well written. Disappointed with ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Poppy Hall | 8/1/2013

    " a good wexford. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kemi looves 2 read | 2/3/2013

    " I guess I just could not get into it!! But then I was fresh off "disordered minds" by Minette Walters. And this one completely pales in comparism to it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lizzie | 12/18/2012

    " An excellent mystery by my favorite mystery writer. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Vince | 10/23/2012

    " Picked up because it was at home a small sized paperback - not a really thrilling book but it kept - slowly - moving. OK as an escape read as a "mystery" but there was no real way one could figure out what was happening.(I think) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 9/1/2012

    " It was an easy read not to complicated & wasn't over loaded with detail that you can get lost in. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 7/5/2012

    " Always good to read procedural mysteries while traveling. This one was about domestic violence which was eerie since I was working on that issue in Manipur, India but still good. Insp Wexford's relationship with his daughter upsets me a bit. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shoehn | 2/21/2012

    " This was excellent. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa Greer | 2/20/2012

    " I like Wexford-- a lot. I like him more than the plot of these novels, though, and that's why I haven't read many! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cathy | 2/10/2012

    " Not one of the better ones. It was all over the place. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Oldblackdog | 9/11/2011

    " The weaving of current issues into this makes it more interesting. However, I listened to it rather than reading - so it is hard to say if it would read differently. Rendell's Wexford ysteries are absoluteoly wonderful on CD or tape for long drives! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lizzie | 3/28/2011

    " An excellent mystery by my favorite mystery writer. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Al | 3/18/2011

    " Once you have read a few Inspector Wexford novels you feel as though you personally know him.
    This book, while well-written, had a predictable ending although it was a long time getting there.....
    Easy enjoyable reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Norvus | 3/14/2011

    " Story was disjointed. She's always a worthwhile read, though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paulette | 1/20/2011

    " I really liked this novel. Very psychological and great ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carmen | 3/9/2010

    " Wexford has several cases going on at once: a pedophile who is released to society, but the neighborhood won't accept him, a young teenage girl gone missing, and a toddler gone missing. Somehow he solves them all. Two are predictable, but one is not. I never saw this one coming. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 2/10/2010

    " Always good to read procedural mysteries while traveling. This one was about domestic violence which was eerie since I was working on that issue in Manipur, India but still good. Insp Wexford's relationship with his daughter upsets me a bit. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Martha | 11/13/2009

    " One of Rendell's best--interweaving of all the folks in the public housing project--the illogical decisions, the grudge holding--all secondary to the main plot. Lots of characters, even minor ones well rounded. Closely seen detail minutely rendered. This is what good fiction writing is. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diane | 8/25/2009

    " Good read. Well written. Disappointed with ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 6/23/2009

    " A little too much going on in this one for me...and then not enough twist in the end. Language. I would try another of hers with a better plot line. "

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About the Author
Author Ruth Rendell

Ruth Rendell (1930–2015) wrote more than sixty novels in a career spanning fifty years. She won numerous awards for her writing, including three Edgars—the highest accolade from Mystery Writers of America—as well as four Gold Daggers and a Diamond Dagger for outstanding contribution to the genre from England’s prestigious Crime Writer’s Association. She was also the winner of the MWA Grand Master Award. A longtime member of the House of Lords, she lived in London.