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The Babes in the Wood

(2002)
(Book 19 in the Chief Inspector Wexford series)
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After weeks of rain, Chief Inspector Wexford has just finished moving his books and furniture upstairs to protect them from the rising waters when the telephone rings. Two local teenagers and their babysitter have gone missing. Wexford isn't particularly worried, since these things usually sort themselves out. But as hours stretch into days, he begins to suspect he has a kidnapping on his hands. The stakes get even higher when a member of the missing trio turns up dead in the woods nearby.

In the course of his investigation, Wexford must deal with a neighbor whose alibi is questionable, a religious cult and its sylvan rituals, someone close to the children's family who nurses a terrible secret, and the babysitter's ex-husband, who reveals the woman's hidden penchant for violence.

In The Babes in the Wood, Ruth Rendell draws the reader into a riveting story that alternates between Chief Inspector Wexford's domestic life - his worries about the security of his home and his daughter's odd new boyfriend - and his determination to see through a kaleidoscope of lies and bring a murderer to justice.

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Hardback Editions

May 2008 : USA Library Binding
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Title: The Babes in the Wood: A Chief Inspector Wexford Mystery (Vintage Crime/Black Lizard)
Author(s): Ruth Rendell
ISBN: 1-4352-9108-5 / 978-1-4352-9108-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Paw Prints 2008-05-29
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October 2003 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Babes in the Wood: A Chief Inspector Wexford Mystery
Author(s): Ruth Rendell
ISBN: 1-4000-4930-X / 978-1-4000-4930-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Crown
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December 2002 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Babes in the Wood (Windsor Selection)
Author(s): Ruth Rendell
ISBN: 0-7540-1858-X / 978-0-7540-1858-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chivers Large print (Chivers, Windsor, Paragon & C
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November 2002 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Babes in the Wood
Author(s): Ruth Rendell
ISBN: 0-385-65960-1 / 978-0-385-65960-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Book Club Associates
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November 2002 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Babes In The Wood (Inspector Wexford)
Author(s): Ruth Rendell
ISBN: 0-09-179446-3 / 978-0-09-179446-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hutchinson
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Paperback Editions

October 2004 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Babes in the Wood
Author(s): Ruth Rendell
ISBN: 1-4000-3419-1 / 978-1-4000-3419-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard
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October 2003 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Babes in the Wood (Paragon Softcover Large Print Books)
Author(s): Ruth Rendell
ISBN: 0-7540-9253-4 / 978-0-7540-9253-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chivers Large print (Chivers, Windsor, Paragon & C
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July 2003 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Babes In The Wood: (A Wexford Case)
Author(s): Ruth Rendell
ISBN: 0-09-943544-6 / 978-0-09-943544-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Arrow
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November 2002 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Babes in the Wood
Author(s): Ruth Rendell
ISBN: 0-09-179456-0 / 978-0-09-179456-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Stanley Paul & Co Ltd
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Audio Editions

September 2003 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Babes in the Wood (A Chief Inspector Wexford Mystery)
Author(s): Ruth Rendell
ISBN: 1-57270-331-8 / 978-1-57270-331-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: AudioGO
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October 2014 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Babes in the Wood (Chief Inspector Wexford)
Author(s): Ruth Rendell
ISBN: 1-4915-3539-3 / 978-1-4915-3539-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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October 2014 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: The Babes in the Wood (Chief Inspector Wexford)
Author(s): Ruth Rendell
ISBN: 1-4915-3580-6 / 978-1-4915-3580-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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July 2009 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Babes in the Wood
Author(s): Ruth Rendell
Publisher: Random House AudioBooks
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July 2009 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Babes in the Wood
Author(s): Ruth Rendell
Publisher: Random House AudioBooks
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May 2009 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Babes in the Wood: A Chief Inspector Wexford Mystery, Book 19
Author(s): Ruth Rendell
Publisher: Audible Studios
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May 2009 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Babes in the Wood: A Chief Inspector Wexford Mystery, Book 19
Author(s): Ruth Rendell
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon UK   


September 2003 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: The Babes in the Wood: An Inspector Wexford Mystery
Author(s): Ruth Rendell
ISBN: 1-57270-310-5 / 978-1-57270-310-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Audio Partners
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May 2003 : UK Audio Cassette

Title: Babes in the Wood (Inspector Wexford)
Author(s): Ruth Rendell
ISBN: 0-7540-8308-X / 978-0-7540-8308-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chivers Audio Books
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June 2003 : UK Audio CD
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Title: Babes in the Wood (Inspector Wexford)
Author(s): Ruth Rendell
ISBN: 0-7540-8751-4 / 978-0-7540-8751-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chivers Audio Books
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2003 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: The Babes In the Wood; A Chief Inspector Wexford Mystery
Author(s):
ISBN: 0-7366-9411-0 / 978-0-7366-9411-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Books On Tape, Inc.
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November 2002 : UK Audio Cassette
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Title: The Babes In The Wood: (A Wexford Case)
Author(s): Ruth Rendell
ISBN: 1-85686-696-3 / 978-1-85686-696-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Audiobooks
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November 2002 : UK Audio CD
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Title: The Babes In The Wood (Inspector Wexford)
Author(s): Ruth Rendell
ISBN: 1-85686-637-8 / 978-1-85686-637-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Random House Audiobooks
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Kindle Editions

May 2010 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Babes in the Wood (Inspector Wexford series Book 19)
Author(s): Ruth Rendell
Publisher: Seal Books
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February 2010 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Babes In The Wood: (A Wexford Case) (Inspector Wexford series Book 19)
Author(s): Ruth Rendell
Publisher: Cornerstone Digital
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December 2007 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: The Babes in the Wood (Inspector Wexford Book 19)
Author(s): Ruth Rendell
Publisher: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard
Availability: Amazon