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The fifth in the Chief Inspector Wexford series, reissued in B format to tie-in with the long awaited new Wexford prequel, Monster in the Box.

The discovery of Elizabeth Nightingale’s broken body in the woods near her home could not have come as a bigger shock. Called in to investigate, Chief Inspector Wexford quickly determines that the Nightingales were considered the perfect couple – wealthy, attractive and without an enemy in the world.

However, someone must have been alone with Elizabeth that night in the woods. Someone who hated - or perhaps loved - her enough to beat her to death.

The case seems straightforward. But Wexford soon learns that beneath the placid surface of the Nightingales’ lives lie undercurrents and secrets no one ever suspected.

Reviews

One of the best novelists writing today

P.D. James

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

Sunday Times

Rendell never fails to come up trumps, and her millions of admirers will eagerly consume this offering as they have all the others.

The Irish Times

A firm grasp of social concerns ensure that her novels are reflective of our own times, as well as hugely absorbing.

Louise Welsh, The Times

This is Rendell on cracking form, with the entire accoutrements one expects from her.

The Good Book Guide

[Wexford] has become an old friend who gets better with age.

The Herald

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...

TheBookbag.co.uk

Psychologically acute and extremely disturbing, Ruth Rendell's work is outstanding.

The Times

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9780099534846

    October 15, 2009

    Arrow

    256 pages

    RRP $24.99

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  • EBook

    9781409067832

    September 1, 2010

    Cornerstone Digital

    256 pages

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