The twenty-second book to feature the classic crime-solving detective, Chief Inspector Wexford.
Wexford had almost made up his mind that he would never again set eyes on Eric Targo's short, muscular figure. And yet there he was, back in Kingsmarkham, still with that cocky, strutting walk.
Years earlier, when Wexford was a young police officer, a woman called Elsie Carroll had been found strangled in her bedroom. Although many still had their suspicions that her husband was guilty of her violent murder, no one was convicted.
Another woman was strangled shortly afterwards, and every personal and professional instinct told Wexford that the killer was still at large. And that it was Eric Targo. A psychopathic murderer who would kill again...
As the Chief Inspector investigates a new case, Ruth Rendell looks back to the beginning of Wexford's career as a detective, even to his courtship of the woman who would become his wife. The villainous Targo is not the only ghost from Wexford's past who has re-emerged to haunt him in the here and now...
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"An intriguing mystery that is yet further proof of Rendell's amazing criminal mastery" ( Evening Standard)
"If Wexford has sometimes seemed at the mercy of events, here we see his intelligence in full control ... Wexford has always been the most human of policemen, and the mental processes of investigation ... take him back to the beginnings, not only of his own career, but of his search for love..." (Jane Jakeman Independent)
"Fans argue about which are her best books - the long-running Wexford series or her dark, stand-alone novels. The Monster in the Box combines elements of both. Wexford is as strongly characterised as ever but the darkness of the narrative plunges into uncomfortable territory" ( Daily Express)
"[Targo] is as good a villain as Wexford ever tried to pin down... hauntingly nasty" ( Spectator)
"One of the best-written detective series in the genre's history... At any time we can return to Kingsmarkham to explore the darker side of humanity with Wexford as our reassuring and humane guide" ( Washington Post)
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Book Description Hutchinson Radius, 2009. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 91931487