The second in the Chief Inspector Wexford series, reissued in B format to tie-in with the long awaited new Wexford prequel, Monster in the Box.
Itís impossible to forget the violent bludgeoning to death of an elderly lady in her home. Even more so when itís your first murder case.
Wexford believed heíd solved Mrs Primeroís murder fifteen years ago. It was no real mystery. Everyone knew Painter, her odd-job man, had done it. There had never been any doubt in anyoneís mind. Until nowÖ
Henry Archeryís son is engaged to Painterís daughter. Only Archery canít let the past remain buried. He wants to prove Wexford wrong, and in probing into the lives of the witnesses questioned all those years ago, he stirs up more than old ghosts.Author Profile
Ruth Rendell has won many awards for her writing, including the Crime Writers' Association Gold Dagger for 1976's best crime novel with A Demon in My View
, a Gold Dagger award for Live Flesh
in 1986, the 1990 Sunday Times
Literary award, and the Crime Writers' Association Cartier Diamond Dagger. In 1996 she was awarded a CBE and in 1997 became a Life Peer.Reviews
One of the best novelists writing today,Ruth Rendell has quite simply transformed the genre of crime writing. She displays her peerless skill in blending the mundane, commonplace aspects of life with the potent murky impulses of desire and greed, obsession and fear,Rendell never fails to come up trumps, and her millions of admirers will eagerly consume this offering as they have all the others.,A firm grasp of social concerns ensure that her novels are reflective of our own times, as well as hugely absorbing.,This is Rendell on cracking form, with the entire accoutrements one expects from her.,[Wexford] has become an old friend who gets better with age.,It's not often you pick up a book where the plot is technically perfect, where the characters all come off the page perfectly formed and the writing is so good that it's impossible to spot an unnecessary word, but which still managed to be a damn good story. I was still reading at 2 o'clock this morning...,Psychologically acute and extremely disturbing, Ruth Rendell's work is outstanding.