From Doon with Death

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From Doon With Death
First edition (UK)
AuthorRuth Rendell
CountryUnited Kingdom
SeriesInspector Wexford #1
GenreCrime / Mystery novel
PublisherJohn Long (UK)
The Crime Club (US)
Publication date
Media typePrint (Hardcover, Paperback)
Pages182 pp (Arrow edition)
ISBN0-09-920350-2 (Arrow edition)
Followed byA 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.

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.