End in Tears

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End in Tears
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First edition (UK)
Author Ruth Rendell
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Series Inspector Wexford # 20
Genre Crime/Mystery novel
Publisher Hutchinson (UK)
Crown (US)
Publication date
20 Oct 2005
Media type Print (Hardback & Paperback)
Pages 366 pp
ISBN 0-09-179641-5
OCLC 62080784
Preceded by The Babes in the Wood
Followed by Not in the Flesh

End in Tears (2005) is a novel by English crime writer Ruth Rendell, the twentieth in her acclaimed Inspector Wexford series.


When a lump of concrete is thrown from a bridge and into passing traffic one dark night, the wrong motorist dies. The killer soon rectifies his mistake, however, and Inspector Wexford finds himself under attack from the local press because of his 'old-fashioned' policing methods. Meanwhile, the difficult relationship he shares with his daughter Sylvia takes on new dimensions, as the case makes him ponder the terrible possibility of losing a child...


The novel was very well received by critics, and in 2007 received a nomination for the Theakston's Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award.