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A Sleeping Life by Ruth Rendell
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A Sleeping Life (1978)

by Ruth Rendell

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Series: Inspector Wexford Mysteries (10)

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What a splendid writer Rendell is! Her ongoing characters, particularly of course Inspector Wexford, are always interesting, always changing, yet always consistent. And the characters that determine the plot of each novel, even when they are very strange, are fully realized and believable. Her plots are a delight, leading you forward and then back, but always keeping you involved. And her prose is a delight -- clear, supple, and pleasurable.
In "A Sleeping Life", the good Inspector is faced with a dead woman who appears to have erased any information about the last twenty years of her life. And on the home front, he is faced with a daughter in the grip of Women's Liberation (the book was written in 1979). The book is full of side instghts about men and women, aging, and even hairlines. A delight. ( )
  annbury | Sep 18, 2010 |
I liked this - kept me guessing to the end. ( )
  jayne_charles | Aug 27, 2010 |
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Brinis, HiliaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Home early for once. Maybe he'd start getting home early regularly now August had begun, the silly season.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0375704930, Paperback)

Rhoda Comfrey's death seemed unremarkable; the real mystery was her life.

In A Sleeping Life, master mystery writer Ruth Rendell unveils an elaborate web of lies and deception painstakingly maintained by a troubled soul. A wallet found in Comfrey's handbag leads Inspector Wexford to Mr. Grenville West, a writer whose plots revel in the blood, thunder, and passion of dramas of old; whose current whereabouts are unclear; and whose curious secretary--the plain Polly Flinders--provides the Inspector with more questions than answers. And when a second Grenville West comes to light, Wexford faces a dizzying array of possible scenarios--and suspects--behind the Comfrey murder.

Brilliantly entertaining, exceptionally crafted, A Sleeping Life evokes the dark realities, half-truths, and flights of fancy that constitute a life.

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The body found under the hedge was that of a middle-aged woman. The grey eyes were wide and staring, and in them D.I. Wexford thought he saw a sardonic gleam, but that must have been imagination. However, he didn't have much more to go on.

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