Ruth Rendell: The Veiled One

(1083 words)
  • Susan A. Rowland (University of Greenwich)

Chief Inspector Wexford is a good policeman. This means that he is highly educated, creative, and sensitive to social change. Detective Inspector Burden, his deputy, is also a good policeman. This means he is principled, unimaginative and resistant to social change. They make a good team. When, in The Veiled One (1988), they quarrel over the probable guilt of murder suspect, Clifford Sanders, Wexford reflects that it is for the very first time.

The murder of Gwen Robson places both Wexford and Burden under intolerable pressures. Garrotted in a multi-storey car park, home-help Gwen, whose husband needs a hip operation, appears an unlikely target for such ferocity. Wexford, out shopping for his wife's birthday …

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Rowland, Susan A.. "The Veiled One". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 17 October 2006
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