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An Unkindness of Ravens

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Language  English
Publication date  15 April 1985
Pages  269 pp
Author  Ruth Rendell
Country  United Kingdom
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Series  Inspector Wexford #13
Media type  Print (Hardcover)
Originally published  15 April 1985
Followed by  The Veiled One
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Publisher  Hutchinson (UK) Pantheon Books (US)
Preceded by  Put on By Cunning, The Speaker of Mandarin
Genres  Fiction, Crime Fiction, Suspense, Mystery
Similar  Ruth Rendell books, Mystery books

An Unkindness of Ravens is a novel by British crime-writer Ruth Rendell. It was first published in 1985, and features her popular protagonist Inspector Wexford, and is the 13th entry in the series. On American publication, it was shortlisted for the MWA Edgar Award, alongside another Rendell novel, The Tree of Hands, meaning she has the remarkable distinction of being one of only two authors in the award's history to have had two novels on the shortlist in any one year (the other being Charlotte Armstrong). Ravens was adapted as a play by theatre professor Joel Fink.

Plot summary

When Wexford does a favour for his wife—to look into the disappearance of one of their neighbours' husbands—everything he finds seems to confirm his first inkling: that this is simply another case of a bored middle-aged man having run off with a younger woman. However, when Rodney Williams is found dead, and another local man is stabbed in his car, Wexford finds himself thrown into an investigation involving a militant feministic organisation known as "Arria", who have taken the raven as their symbol.


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