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The Babes in the Wood

The Babes in the Wood - Ruth Rendell Very satisfying to get reacquainted with Inspector Wexford after a long hiatus. Rendell writes characters so well that the whodunnit is almost a secondary consideration.

Despite the drama of 3 missing people, two of them children, there are moments when Rendell achieves a note of grim black comedy just by letting her more obnoxious/addled/nasty characters open their mouths to speak. She's a master at dialogue--interior and exterior.