The new Chief Inspector Wexford novel from the UK's best loved crime writer
A father's worst nightmare. It's first light and George Marshalson's daughter hasn't returned home. He doesn't yet know that she never will -- that her body lies prone just yards from the family house. Or that he will himself make the shocking discovery.
Chief Inspector Wexford has never known a case of a father finding the murdered body of his daughter. He has daughters of his own but can barely imagine himself in Mr Marshalson's position.
Tasked with picking through the pieces of a shattered family, Wexford unearths some surprising secrets about the dead teenager's lifestyle. And when a second girl is found murdered -- a victim unquestionably linked to the first -- Wexford has to put his own family problems aside to tackle what will become of the most disturbing and emotional case of his career.Author Profile
Ruth Rendell has won many awards, including the Crime Writers’ Association Gold Dagger for 1976’s best crime novel with A Demon in My View
; a second Edgar in 1984 from the Mystery Writers of America for the best short story, The New Girl Friend
; a Gold Dagger award for Live Flesh
in 1986. She was also the winner of the 1990 Sunday Times Literary award, as well as the Crime Writers’ Association Cartier Diamond Dagger. In 1996 she was awarded the CBE and in 1997 became a Life Peer.Reviews
[Rendell] is unequalled in her ability to create amoral, unprincipled characters, then to make us pity them, until they do something terrible.,Rendell's gift for characterisation illuminates every interview with a range of suspects and makes it a pleasure to watch Wexford and burden at work.,Deeply satisfying.,End In Tears
proved once again that no British novelist knows the heart's hungers like Ruth Rendell.