The twentieth book to feature the classic crime-solving detective, Chief Inspector Wexford.
A lump of concrete dropped deliberately from a little stone bridge over a relatively unfrequented road kills the wrong person. The young woman in the car behind is spared. But only for a while...
A few weeks later, George Marshalson lives every father's worst nightmare: he discovers the murdered body of his eighteen-year-old daughter on the side of the road.
As a man with a strained father-daughter relationship himself, Wexford must struggle to keep his professional life as a detective separate from his personal life as husband and father. Particularly when a second teenage girl is murdered - a victim unquestionably linked to the first - and another family is shattered...
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Rendell's gift for characterisation illuminates every interview with a range of suspects and makes it a continuing pleasure to watch Wexford and Burden at work. - Sunday Telegraph
Rendell's psychological insights are so absorbing, it's easy to forget what a superb plotter she is - The Times
No contemporary writer of suspense stories tries to vary the form's boundaries more than Ruth Rendell - Guardian
End in Tears proved once again that no British novelist knows the heart's hungers like Ruth Rendell - Christopher Bray, New Statesman
Ruth Rendell is a phenomenon. [She] has always had a deep insight into the criminal mind and the vicious selfishness of those who believe that their own desires override everything else. She uses it to good effect in End in Tears. - The Times
Ruth Rendell is crime writing at its very best. The author of over 50 novels, she has won many significant crime fiction awards. Her first novel, From Doon With Death, appeared in 1964, and since then her reputation and readership have grown steadily with each new book.
She has received major awards for her work; three Edgars from the Mystery Writers of America; the Crime Writers' Gold Dagger Award for 1976's best crime novel, A Demon in My View; the Arts Council National Book Award for Genre Fiction in 1981 for The Lake of Darkness; the Crime Writer's Gold Dagger Award for 1986's best crime book for Live Flesh; in 1987 the Crime Writer's Gold Dagger Award for A Fatal Inversion and in 1991 the same award for King Solomon's Carpet, both written under the pseudonym Barbara Vine; the Sunday Times Literary Award in 1990; and in 1991 the Crime Writer's Cartier Diamond Award for outstanding contribution to the crime fiction genre.
Her books are translated into 21 languages. In 1996 she was awarded the CBE and in 1997 became a Life Peer.