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Road Rage (Inspector Wexford #17)

3.75  ·  Rating Details ·  2,318 Ratings  ·  93 Reviews
The woods outside of Kingsmarkham were lovely, dark, and deep.  And they were about to vanish forever when the new highway cut through them.  While Chief Inspector Wexford privately despaired about the loss of his hiking grounds, local residents and outsiders were organizing a massive protest.  Some of them were desperate enough to kidnap five hostages and threaten to kill ...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published September 8th 1998 by Dell (first published December 12th 1991)
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Read by.................. Nigel Anthony
Total Runtime......... 11 Hours 23 Mins

Description: The woods outside of Kingsmarkham were lovely, dark, and deep. And they were about to vanish forever when the new highway cut through them. While Chief Inspector Wexford privately despaired about the loss of his hiking grounds, local residents and outsiders were organizing a massive protest. Some of them were desperate enough to kidnap five hostages and threaten to kill them. One hostage was Wexford's wife
Sep 05, 2015 Jaksen rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This one took me longer than usual to read. I am an Inspector Wexford series fan.

Fat book for a mystery, and especially for a Ruth Rendell mystery. Most of her Wexford books are fairly slim; this was one around 350+ pages. And the title can be misleading. This is NOT a case of two people arguing, fighting or shooting each other because one bumped the other's car fender. This book, written in 1997, is about the 'rage' over a new highway being built through a particularly picturesque and pristine
✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
This was an okay read but I have been quite disappointed by Rendell lately. I hadn't read any of her books in a long time and although I still enjoy her writing style, her plots always take ages to develop. Road rage is very very slow paced. I almost gave up reading but kept on going as the action picked up about halfway through the book. Still, the plot wasn't very interesting and none of the characters proved quite likeable. A disappointing read.
Rena Sherwood
This book was one of many being passed around the homeless community around Bath, England years ago when I was one of the community. It centers on motorway protests. I met many in the UK who participated in these protests (including a prim old lady sipping tea and smiling, talking about her arrest.) The descriptions or protests and protesters seemed accurate.

How good was it? The book helped to distract me from being homeless. Here is a cover picture for you:


That being said, this is typical Ruth
Aug 09, 2015 Nicole rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Im englischen Kingsmarkham soll eine neue Umgehungsstraße gebaut werden (was das Buch zunächst sympatisch macht, wenn man Douglas Adams -Fan ist). Von den protestierenden Umweltschutzorganisationen gibt es nicht nur gewaltfreien Widerstand. Es werden Menschen entführt mit der Forderung die Bauarbeiten umgehend und endgültig einzustellen. Unter den Geiseln befindet sich auch die Frau des Chief Inspektors.

Dieser Krimi war für mich eher ambivalent. Ständig war ich kurz davor das Buch abzubrechen a
Sep 30, 2012 Judith rated it really liked it
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 wif
David Zerangue
Jan 27, 2011 David Zerangue rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
Well, I must say that when I first started this book, I thought it was going to be one of the worst experiences I have encountered with Ruth Rendell. Thankfully, it was not.
The beginning of the novel did not really take off and it seemed to be plagued with some editing issues. Whatever it was, the flow was just not there. As the book began to unfold I ran into an issue with one of the characters: Inspector Wexford's wife, Dora. I simply did not like her. To me, she was portrayed as someone whose
May 29, 2010 Surreysmum rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, 2010, passed-on
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Oct 03, 2011 Sandra rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery-suspense
Ok, Ruth Rendell can write, but I'm just not a big fan of the Inspector Wexford series, and this confirms it. No way does this compare to Peter Robinson's police procedurals or Elizabeth George's. Among other annoying things: it's frequently difficult to tell who's speaking. Conversations are hard to follow. Better editing might help.
Tim Laven
May 25, 2017 Tim Laven rated it it was ok
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Dec 20, 2016 Gwen rated it liked it
Recommended to Gwen by: mystery book club, February 2017
Shelves: book-club
This was just okay--nothing fabulous, not terrible. The pacing was incredibly slow and the plot was uneven, but the main characters helped to make up for that. It's such a refreshing change of pace to read a mystery novel in which the protagonist is actually a good person with a stable home life, no real issues with superior officers, no traumatic backstory, etc. (See also: Donna Leon's Commissario Brunetti series.) The ending was a bit of a cop-out, and the secondary plot (that of the German gi ...more
Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
A by-pass is planed in Kingsmarkham - that will destroy its peace and the natural habitat forever. Dora AWexford joins the protest movement, but Wexford must be more circumspect. Trouble is expected.
Even before the protesters can make their presence felt, the badly decompsed body of a young woman is discovered. WHile Burden believes he knows the identity of the murderer, Wexford is not convinced.
Before this homicide enquiry can procedd much further a number of people disappear - including DOra W
Jun 04, 2014 Hal rated it really liked it
This is a creatively written novel that is enriched by Ruth Rendell trademarked psychological insights and character development. It is significantly longer than it needs to be -- one senses that few publishing houses even employ serious editors anymore.

There is a larger than normal cast of characters here. What I find most impressive about this author after reading nine or ten of her books is that she comes up with such a wide variety of plots. She is one of the few authors that I would genuine
Apr 23, 2014 Judy rated it really liked it
This is a good mystery, not a great mystery. It seemed to drag in places, but Rendell's overall writing is of such notable quality that it can't be ignored.

The story begins with the discovery of a young woman's body hidden in the wood--a German girl who'd been traveling in southwestern England and then disappeared several months before. It then jumps to a band of eco-terrorists who call themselves Sacred Earth, who kidnap five people, one of them Inspector Wexford's wife Dora.

This certainly sh
Mar 30, 2015 Bev rated it liked it
Shelves: crime-mystery, logos
This is another in the Inspector Wexford series, my favorite of Rendell's books, but this one took me a long time to get through and there were entirely too many important characters for me to keep track of who was who, who was a potential bad guy, who was probably a good guy. At the start of the book, dead body is found in the woods, which may or may not be related to the meat of the story, which concerns a highway project that is going to ruin a popular nature area in Wexford's town of Kingsma ...more
Aug 07, 2013 Liz rated it it was amazing
Shelves: rendell-wexford
I read this entire 344-page book in one sitting. It was another excellent Inspector Wexford mystery. In this one, a bypass is planned in the area, and many groups protest the destruction of trees and habitats, including Wexford’s wife, Dora. In a seemingly unrelated incident, Dora disappears while traveling to London to see their daughter Sheila and her new baby. But soon, several other citizens are reported missing, and all disappeared while taking a taxi from the same taxi service that recentl ...more
Kathleen O'Nan
Aug 27, 2015 Kathleen O'Nan rated it it was ok
I skipped over Wexford #16 (Simsola) and went straight to #17 (Road Rage) which was quite a disappointment after the exceptionally good #15 (Kissing the Gunner's Daughter). I'm not sure why it felt so flat most of the time with a few exceptions. It was good to get to know Wexford's wife Dora on her own, both as a hostage and then as a key witness. Another thing I liked was how Mike Burden persisted in his belief in the guilt of a possible murderer even after his boss, Wexford, repeatedly told hi ...more
Jun 08, 2014 Kay rated it liked it
As others noted, this is not up to the usual Rendell standard, which is very high indeed. I did, however, enjoy seeing Wexford's long-suffering wife Dora acquit herself so well as a hostage.
Other than that, I felt as if Rendell was just going through the motions.
One good quote:

"When Mrs. Peabody was young, you tidied up the bedroom and put the child into a clean nightdress before the doctor came. If anyone in authority was coming you cleaned up the whole house. Going shopping into town, you dres
Nov 10, 2013 Joy rated it really liked it
Great quote. Wexford says, "The trouble with psychology is that it doesn't take human nature into account."

A new bypass (freeway to Americans) is planned for Wexford's territory, and it will cut through the habitat of some endangered species. It will also ruin an unspoiled countryside. The protesters gather, and then the vigilantes. Even then, no one expects a hostage situation until too late. Now Wexford has to rescue the hostages before they are killed one by one, including his own wife. No ma
Nikki Mcgee
Aug 13, 2013 Nikki Mcgee rated it it was ok
Shelves: crime
I only read this because I watched the first half on TV and wanted to know who did it.

I flitted between listening to an audio book and reading this , as I found a copy in Oxfam for 99p.

I do quite like murder mysteries but I won't be reading another Rendell. This was slow, too many characters and very dated. There was also something rather unpleasant about the way that Rendell describes characters, especially women , almost Daily Mail like .

Despite my boredom, the overly complex plot and prolifer
Sep 05, 2015 Kay rated it it was amazing
Not a thrill ride, propulsive read or even particularly compelling, Road Rage is a cleverly plotted story with lots of pieces. Ruth Rendell juggles characters and plot lines effortlessly. Part of the draw in a Wexford novel is Wexford himself. This fan identifies with his ongoing search for meaning/balance in a changing world.

There is something reassuring in a visit with the inspector. I did suspect the ending although not the exact "configuration". In many ways this is the most intelligent ent
Phillip Tigerclaw
May 27, 2013 Phillip Tigerclaw rated it it was amazing
Kingsmarkham is about to get a new bypass and the protesters have moved in, when a body is found Inspector Burden believes he knows his man but Wexford isn't so sure. When people start disappearing - including Dora, Wexford finds he can't separate work from his personal life. At the end, one thing is for sure - life in Kingsmarkham will never be the same again.

This is the seventeenth in the series of Chef Inspector Wexford whodunits and in it Ruth Rendell shows she is still mistress of her craf
Jul 10, 2016 Nora rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Ellen Bard
Jul 31, 2012 Ellen Bard rated it liked it
Yes, I did read two books today, but I was at home sick, ok?! Road rage is classic Rendall, with a very modern topic, environmentalism, whilst also examining the more classic topics of our relationship with the natural world and each other. Some showy touches, like putting Wexford's family in danger, but room enough for a tightly written detective novel.
Débora Afonso
Jan 29, 2013 Débora Afonso rated it really liked it
A Ruth Rendell nunca falha. Todas as suas histórias são interessantes e completamente diferentes umas das outras, e todas têm como cenários "micro-universos" repletos de personagens estranhos e ambíguos. Este livro é um dos que têm como personagem principal o Inspector Wexford, que eu adoro (e me faz lembrar imenso o personagem dos Midsommer Murders.
Liz Perryman
Feb 02, 2009 Liz Perryman rated it really liked it
This was a really good book and although there seemed to be something missing in it I can't seem to pin point what the missing thing was. Although I thoroughly enjoyed it as I do all Ruth Rendells books, this is an excellent book if you are just starting to read Ruth Rendells work as it draws you into the story very gently.

Aug 15, 2011 Erin rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery-series
The dadburn gubment is building a bypass in the that enough for murder?

Of course it is!

My first Inspector Wexford novel and I don't think I'll be rushing out for others. I love British crime, and this was fine, but there are still Simon Serrailler and Tom Thorne novels to be read.
Aug 02, 2015 Ed rated it really liked it
#17 in the Chief Inspector Wexford series.

Chief Inspector Wexford of Kingsmarkham, England is upset about a highway bypass that is about to be built across some unspoiled countryside, and is somewhat sympathetic to the gathering protestors. Some, however, seem to be eco-terrorists and a crisis erupts when a group calling themselves Sacred Globe kidnaps 5 hostages including Wexford's wife.
Bea Alden
Jan 09, 2009 Bea Alden rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
Another in Rendell's Inspector Wexford series of mystery novels. Although I did enjoy it somewhat, I missed Rendell's usual powerfully atmospheric portrayal of human behavior, both evil and good. Instead, this book offers a satirical view of the antics of extreme environmentalists. However, there is, as always with Rendell, a wonderfully crafted plot
Jayne Charles
Jul 24, 2011 Jayne Charles rated it really liked it
When this was written, environmental protests on the scene of major roadbuilding schemes were headline news in the UK. Rendell has taken a topical theme and turned it into a good murder mystery (impressive twist - I didn't guess it) as well as indulging her penchant for outlandish character names. Very readable, and one of the best Wexfords IMO.
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