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Book Review of Simisola (Chief Inspector Wexford, Bk 16)

Simisola (Chief Inspector Wexford, Bk 16)
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Ruth Rendell Examines Race

In this excellent police procedural, Rendell examines attitudes toward race in her characters. There are only nineteen "people of color" in Kingsmarkham, and Inspector Wexford and others assume they all know each other. Rendell tries to be progressive, but it's a struggle for her, just as being non-sexist is. Still, the book is terrific, and you get the sense that she knows just how flawed her characters are.