Not in the Flesh

Version: Abridged
Author: Ruth Rendell
Narrator: Tim Curry
Genres: Detective Stories
Publisher: Random House Audio
Published In: June 2008
# of Units: 5 CDs
Length: 6 hours, 30 minutes
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After a human hand is discovered by a truffle-hunting dog, Chief Inspector Wexford tries to piece together events that took place 11 years ago. Soon, long-buried secrets are revealed and it is hoped that local people who have disappeared may yet be put to rest.

Reviews (2)

Well written, a little predictable

Written by Mandy D on April 28th, 2016

  • Book Rating: 3/5

Ruth Rendell's crisp prose and vivid depictions of English countryside life pair well with the beloved Det. Wexford character. My only complaint about this novel was her overly pedantic focus on political correctness around a very important cultural issue (female genital mutilation) that she otherwise discussed sensitively and tied in neatly to the rest of the story. I also saw several plot twists coming while the usually bright Det. Wexford took several chapters to figure them out. A slight delay might be necessary to engineer the plot, but after a while, his lack of comprehension was not believable. Overall. a worthwhile read for a Rendell fan.

Not in the Flesh

Written by Jean from Santa Cruz, CA on March 25th, 2010

  • Book Rating: 4/5

This is my first Ruth Randall book. I enjoyed it sort of reminds me PBS TV shows. My they do drink a lot of tea in this book. Was interesting to look at police work and laws from the British view. Story moved right along and the reader was very good.

Author Details

Author Details

Rendell, Ruth

Ruth Rendell has won numerous awards, including three Edgars, the highest accolade from Mystery Writers of America, as well as three Gold Daggers, a Silver Dagger, and a Diamond Dagger for outstanding contribution to the genre from England's prestigious Crime Writer's Association. A member of the House of Lords, she lives in London.