(A Wexford Case)
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.
Chief Inspector Wexford had every reason to remember the Painter case. It might have seemed ordinary to some, but to Wexford it had been remarkable - it was the first murder he'd ever handled on his own. It certainly had been remarkable to Painter, because it hanged him. There had been no real mystery. Painter had done it all right. There had never been any doubt in anyone's mind. Until now.
“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”
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