Concealed by a shroud of dirty brown velvet was what looked like a heap of rags. In a desolate subterranean car park of a Shopping Centre, Dorothy Sanders pulled back the velvet curtain revealing the grim discovery of a woman’s body. Inspector Michael Burden, for a while conducting the investigation without the help of Wexford’s intuitive genius, blunders down a number of blind alleys before uncovering the truth. Who would garrote a middle-aged housewife and leave her body in the parking garage of a suburban shopping mall? Chief Inspector Wexford is no sooner on the case than a car bomb's explosion lands him in the hospital. It's now up to Mike Burden to step in and solve the case. He's got a suspect . . . but will he be able to make him talk?
©1988 Ruth Rendell; (P)2009 BBC Audiobooks Ltd
"Complex psychological detective story"
This is vintage Ruth Rendell in that the story pivots around a psychologically damaged young man and his very peculiar controlling mother: a style of fiction of which she is unsurpassed. The narrator of this audio version doesn't try to do different voices but the characters are clearly delineated and the multiple facets of the story unfold in a comprehensible way. There is a peripheral story involving Chief Inspector Wexford's actress daughter. If you enjoy the Wexford TV series it's interesting to compare the interplay between Wexford and Inspector Burden in the books with how it is depicted on screen in that Wexford is less tetchy and Burden more pernickety in the books.
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