A garrulous cleaner, Maxine, also shared by the Wexfords, discovers the body. In his retirement, the former Detective Chief Inspector is devoting much time to reading, and has little patience with Maxine's prattle. But when his old friend Mike Burden asks him to assist on the case as Crime Solutions Adviser (unpaid), Wexford is obliged to pay more precise attention.
Wexford retains a relish for work and a curiosity about people, which is invaluable in detective work; while Burden tends to jump to conclusions. But he is wise enough to listen to the man whose office he inherited, and whose experience makes him a formidable ally.
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By barjil on 04-08-13
Back on form!
I nearly didn't buy this book, as the previous three have been very disappointing. But this is Ruth Rendell back on form with Wexford and Burden in their new relationship now Wexford's retired - interesting new interplay between them -; the Wexford family background, a good plot and some nice literary allusions. As ever, Rendell is very topical and clearly notices all the trends, particularly in the young. All very well read by Nigel Anthony. I raced through it at speed and shall listen again to savour it.
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By xxx on 16-08-13
Good performance. Always think men doing female voices works better than other way around, and Nigel Anthony is very good at maintaining the voice of all his characters, the annoying cleaning lady was simply brilliant. One couldn't help admiring Wexford's patience with her, I would have thrown Gibbon at her.
Mr Anthony's Wexford so resembles the voice of the late George Baker, who used to play him in the TV series, that one 'sees' the TV Wexford as he is reading.
Story has a nice steady pace to it, the deaths seem to just slot in. Oddly there is no big drama even though the deaths are of a violent nature, they are presented as facts as they would be to hardened old copper like Wexford. The story just ambles along until the killer has been found, just as you would expect Wexford would.
Enjoyed it very much.
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