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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:
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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

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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