When the truffle-hunting dog starts to dig furiously, his masters first reaction is delight at the size of the clump the dog has unearthed: at the going rate, this one truffle might be worth several hundred pounds. Then the dirt falls away to reveal not a precious mushroom but the bones and tendons of what is clearly a human hand.
In Not in the Flesh, Chief Inspector Wexford tries to piece together events that took place eleven years earlier, a time when someone was secretly interred in a secluded patch of English countryside. Now Wexford and his team will need to interrogate everyone who lives nearby to see if they can turn up a match for the dead man among the eighty-five people in this part of England who have disappeared over the past decade. Then, when a second body is discovered nearby, Wexford experiences a feeling thats become a rarity for the veteran policeman: surprise.
"Not quite as compelling in tone as some of Rendell's other works but complex enough to satisfy any mystery fan. Recommended for all public libraries." - Library Journal.
"Rich, tangled and as sharply observed as ever." - Kirkus Reviews.
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Ruth Rendell has been awarded three Edgars for best novel by the Mystery Writers
of America, as well as the Grand Master Award. In England, the Crime Writers'
Association has honored her with two Gold Dagger awards for best novel, a Silver
Dagger, and a Diamond Dagger for outstanding contribution to the genre. She
lives in London.
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