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First I must say that Nigel Andrews does a splendid narration of the book. He manages to conjure up such a wide range of voices that I felt I was listening to a dramatization of the book. As with most detective fiction the crimes are committed for complicated and often preposterous reasons, but, accepting that this is par for the course in this genre, this is an engrossing story with larger than life characters and ends with a satisfactory drawing together of all the false leads and twists and turns of plot that Ruth Rendell, in her usual inimitable style, has woven into the story.
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We are used to most books having a secondary plot,often used to pad the book. The device is often used to throw light away from the main plot and often makes the reader wonder if there is any connection between the two plots. It usually works well, and in the best examples the plots are quite seamless.
In this book the plots are so diverse that one is left wondering which was the main the plot? Is it really a book about female circumcision with the 'cold case' murders as a secondary (and totally unconnected plot) or the other way around?
RR dealt with the topic of female circumcision well, in as much that she highlighted the problems of differing cultural practices and the law. However, I felt that the subject deserved to be treated more gravitas and am not convinced that a crime novel is the best place for this.
The 'cold case' plot was not one of her better plots.
I thought the reader was excellent and captured Wexford's 'voice' from the TV shows perfectly which added to the reading.
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