The first death could have been an accident. When Mavis Ambrose is killed by a falling chunk of concrete, the police have no reason to suspect mischief. However, the bludgeoning of the young and gorgeous Amber Marshalson that follows is clearly murder. In the midst of the hottest summer on record, Inspector Wexford is called in to investigate. He discovers the two cases may be linked, and that Amber was at the scene of Mavis’s death. When a third body is found, the case takes a disturbing and unexpected turn. The deeper Wexford digs, the darker the realities become, and what he finds leaves him feeling lost in a world absent of morals.
About the Author
Ruth Rendell has won three Edgar Awards, the highest accolade from Mystery Writers of America, as well as four Gold Daggers and a Diamond Dagger for outstanding contribution to the genre from England's prestigious Crime Writers' Association. Her remarkable career has spanned more than fifty years, with more than sixty books published. A member of the House of Lords, she lives in London.
“Meticulous and coolly malicious. . . . Flat-out brilliant.” —The New York Times Book Review “An unpredictable denouement. . . . Rendell is in top form here.” —The San Diego Union-Tribune “Suspense and surprise. . . . Rendell displays her incomparable skills to full effect.” —Orlando Sentinel“Once again Rendell provides a thoughtful mystery, persistent suspense and a welcome return to Kingsmarkham.” —The Daily News