From Doon with Death

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From Doon With Death
First edition (UK)
Author Ruth Rendell
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Series Inspector Wexford #1
Genre Crime / Mystery novel
Publisher John Long (UK)
The Crime Club (US)
Publication date
Media type Print (Hardcover, Paperback)
Pages 182 pp (Arrow edition)
ISBN 0-09-920350-2 (Arrow edition)
OCLC 16605281
Followed by A New Lease of Death

From Doon with Death was the debut novel of British writer Ruth Rendell, first published in 1964.[1] 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.

Plot summary[edit]

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.[2]

Criticism and context[edit]

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.