The Speaker of Mandarin

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The Speaker of Mandarin
First edition (UK)
Author Ruth Rendell
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Series Inspector Wexford #12
Genre Crime, Mystery novel
Publisher Hutchinson (UK)
Pantheon Books (US)
Publication date
7 February 1983
Media type Print (Hardback & Paperback)
Pages 224 pp
ISBN 0-09-151060-0
OCLC 9517069
Preceded by Put on by Cunning
Followed by An Unkindness of Ravens

The Speaker of Mandarin is a novel by British crime-writer Ruth Rendell, first published in 1983. It is the 12th novel in her popular Inspector Wexford series.

Plot introduction[edit]

When Chief Inspector Reg Wexford takes a holiday to China, takes in the Great Wall, the Forbidden Palace, he doesn't expect his trip to revisit him in such a horrific way. Shortly after his return, he finds out that one of his fellow tourists from the trip has been killed in her home. It seems like a burglary, but Wexford has other ideas.