Ruth Rendell: Simisola

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  • Susan A. Rowland (University of Greenwich)

Simisola (1994) is a Ruth Rendell novel featuring her liberal policeman, Chief Inspector Wexford and his conservative deputy, Mike Burden. Set in the fictional town of Kingsmarkham and using the medium of a “murder mystery”, this work explores the extent of racism in a middle class white community. Prejudice proves to touch even those who, like Wexford, believe themselves to be free of it. Indeed, the art of Simisola is to reveal confusion over race by deeply embedding it into the crime plot. Not only does racial oppression generate crime, but it also muddles the solving of crime. By showing the police making significant mistakes due to the racial identity of crime victims, the novel implicates the police, a…

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Rowland, Susan A.. "Simisola". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 03 June 2005
[, accessed 13 October 2015.]

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  1. Crime, Detective, Spy/ Thriller Fiction