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The sixteenth Wexford novel published by Hutchinson in

I had reached the point in the Wexfords where I thought, I can’t write any more of these unless I think there’s some way of changing them. So I thought, make them more political. So with Simisola we had racism in the countryside …

Ruth Rendell

Only eighteen black people live in Kingsmarkham. One is Wexford’s new doctor, whose daughter has disappeared. Chief Inspector Wexford takes more than a mere professional interest in the case, testing not only his powers of deduction but his beliefs and prejudices about racial equality.


Contemporary Reads 2


  1. Ruth Rendell interview with Jamie Portman. The Ottawa Citizen, November 13, 2004. ↩︎

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