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Road Rage (Inspector Wexford) (utgåvan 1998)

av Ruth Rendell

Serier: Inspector Wexford (17)

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In Britain, Chief Inspector Wexford hunts for eco- terrorists who abducted five people, including his wife. They threaten to kill them unless the government halts the construction of a highway through scenic countryside.
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Titel:Road Rage (Inspector Wexford)
Författare:Ruth Rendell
Info:Arrow Books Ltd (1998), Paperback, 384 pages
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Absorbing tale about the proposed construction of a bypass in a town and the range of types of persons opposed to it. Several different groups, ranging from law-abiding, peaceful citizens to radical tree-spikers descend on the town. Some of them have no regular jobs and make their homes in treetops.

Chief Inspector Wexford is on the side of the opponents but believes the bypass is inevitable. He doesn't plan to take any action, either personal or professional, about it. However, when his own wife goes missing, along with four other citizens, he soon sees a connection between the abduction and the "tree people".

There are many suspects and none. It is like hunting for the needle in the haystack to run down the perps. The investigation involves a local taxi company and its shifty manager as well.

As usual, it is the personal stories, the characters, that make the story sing. I was absorbed all the way through. ( )
  slojudy | Sep 8, 2020 |
The body of a missing hitchhiker is found in woodland which is about to be cut down to make way for a new by-pass. Eco-terrorists take hostages in a bid to get the by-pass project cancelled. Is there any connection?

Enjoyable quick read. I read it soon after it came out in the 1990s but retained almost no memory of it. Will I still remember it 15 or 20 years from now? Probably not. ( )
  Robertgreaves | Jun 22, 2018 |
Although it starts off with the unsolved murder of a German backpacker the book soon leaves this crime behind (until very near the end) and its subsequent events concern a proposed road bypass for Kingsmarkham which draws the ire of protesters. Opposition takes a variety of forms from fairly passive meetings to those who build temporary homes amidst the tree tops of threatened woods to over-the-top activism by a group calling itself Sacred Globe. This group kidnaps a seemingly random selection of local citizens with the aim of ransoming them in return for the cessation of the bypass construction.

I enjoy the fact that this is one of that rare breed of crime novels that is not primarily concerned with a murder investigation. Even for a fan of the genre it is nice not to be dealing with death all the time. I’m also impressed with the way Rendell makes this book personal to her main characters. It’s a bit of a spoiler but I can’t really talk about the book without mentioning that Reg’s wife Dora is one of the kidnap victims. I’m normally bored when the protagonist and/or their loved ones are targeted by criminals but Rendell does a great job here of making Dora’s involvement entirely believable. In addition she uses the case to really explore the personal life and thoughts of Wexford (a huge contrast from the first book of the series in which it appears as if Wexford and his offsider do not exist outside the police station). Reg’s reaction to Dora’s disappearance and the events which follow it are a terrific character study of the emotions of someone who is not overtly emotional.

The environmental component of the book is also well done, teasing out different aspects of England’s changing physical landscape and different people’s reaction to that. Even Wexford is sympathetic to the protesters, though of course it would be improper for him to let on to anyone but Dora. As is often the case with Rendell’s books the issue of class is inextricably woven into the story too. On re-reading the book nearly 20 years after its original publication I was struck by the way both of these elements still feel reasonably contemporary, even though actual protest might take a different form in the modern world of social media activism. Or perhaps I am just nostalgic for a period when taking a stand required more than changing one’s twitter icon.

I’m glad to find that I still enjoy ROAD RAGE and can happily still qualify it as one of my favourites. I think it could easily be read as a standalone novel, in case any of you haven’t dipped your toes into the Wexford list and are wondering if you should bother.
  bsquaredinoz | Apr 24, 2016 |
eco-mystery with kidnapping & pseudoterrorism

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  aletheia21 | Oct 13, 2013 |
Non gli appioppo un bell'1 solo perchè lo riservo alle cose totalmente illeggibili. Ma questo libro è decisamente mediocre. Forse la storia ci potrebbe stare, ma raccontata così non ha la minima tensione. Per la gran parte è narrata in via indiretta, cioè un ostaggio torna dalla prigionia e racconta alla polizia (dialoghi infiniti). Si arriva all'assurdo che viene sottoposta a ipnosi e pure quella racconta in differita, al marito ispettore in quel momento altrove impegnato... La soluzione è banale, molto politically correct.
La Rendall è una giallista di fama, e l'altro che ho letto - La morta non sa leggere - era molto interessante. Questo è a dir poco dilettantesco.
  Lilliblu | Aug 4, 2012 |
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