An Unkindness of Ravens

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This article is about the 1985 book. For the upcoming Scottish film, see The Unkindness of Ravens.
An Unkindness of Ravens
First edition (UK)
Author Ruth Rendell
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Series Inspector Wexford #13
Genre Crime / Mystery novel
Publisher Hutchinson (UK)
Pantheon Books (US)
Publication date
15 April 1985
Media type Print (Hardcover)
Pages 269 pp
ISBN 0-09-160200-9
OCLC 59083767
Preceded by The Speaker of Mandarin
Followed by The Veiled One

An Unkindness of Ravens is a novel by British crime-writer Ruth Rendell. It was first published in 1985, and features her popular protagonist Inspector Wexford, and is the 13th entry in the series. On American publication, it was shortlisted for the MWA Edgar Award, alongside another Rendell novel, The Tree of Hands, meaning she has the remarkable distinction of being one of only two authors in the award's history to have had two novels on the shortlist in any one year (the other being Charlotte Armstrong). Ravens was adapted as a play by theatre professor Joel Fink.[1]

Plot summary[edit]

When Wexford does a favour for his wife—to look into the disappearance of one of their neighbours' husbands—everything he finds seems to confirm his first inkling: that this is simply another case of a bored middle-aged man having run off with a younger woman. However, when Rodney Williams is found dead, and another local man is stabbed in his car, Wexford finds himself thrown into an investigation involving a militant feministic organisation known as "Arria", who have taken the raven as their symbol.


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