Chief Inspector Wexford is charged with solving the mysterious disappearances, protecting a pedophile, and catching a killer. As he searches for connections, he finds himself focusing on domestic violence. His daughter, Sylvia, a social worker, has come to work nearby in a refuge for battered women. Her marriage is also strained, although her husband has never raised a hand to her. Others in Kingsmarkham are not so fortunate. As Wexford moves closer to the truth, he confronts the discomfiting lesson that when it comes to the inner life of families, justice is rarely as straightforward as the letter of the law.
©1999 Ruth Rendell; (P)1999 Random House, Inc.
"Ruth Rendell is unequivocally the most brilliant mystery writer of our time" (Patricia Cornwell)
Fans of R.R. and persons interested in issues of societal response to pedaphilia and abuse in the family will be engaged by this expert story-telling!
A good yarn, well narrated. Some suprising twists. I listen in the car to and from work, but tonight I couldn't turn off the last hour. Just sat in my chair when I got home and had to hear how it turned out. Good book. Worth the $$.
The abridgement cuts about 70% of the text of the full book and the novel suffers for it. Scenes change jarringly, characterization and motive are cut short to the point of incomprehension. Hold out for the unabridged version.
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