From Doon with Death
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First edition (UK)
|Series||Inspector Wexford #1|
|Genre||Crime / Mystery novel|
|Publisher||John Long (UK)
The Crime Club (US)
|Media type||Print (Hardcover, Paperback)|
|Pages||182 pp (Arrow edition)|
|ISBN||ISBN 0-09-920350-2 (Arrow edition)|
|Followed by||A New Lease of Death|
From Doon with Death was the debut novel of British writer Ruth Rendell, first published in 1964. The story was later made into a movie in 1988. The novel introduced her popular recurring character Inspector Wexford, who went on to feature in 24 of her novels.
The police knew all about Margaret Parsons. She was a religious, old-fashioned and respectable woman, as unexciting and dependable as her marriage. But it wasn't her life that interested Wexford - it was her violent, passionate death. Inspector Wexford becomes interested in her death after finding a number of letters from the mysterious Doon.
Criticism and context
Although the identity of the victim's lover "Doon" would not be much of a surprise to the 21st century reader, at the time of its release it was considered ground-breaking and daring, and this novel immediately garnered Rendell international critical attention.
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