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A lump of concrete dropped deliberately from a little stone bridge over a relatively unfrequented road kills the wrong person. The driver behind is spared. But only for a while...
It is impossible for Chief Inspector Wexford not to wonder how terrible it would be to discover that one of his daughters had been murdered. Sylvia has always been a cause for concern. Living alone with her two children, she is pregnant again. What will happen to the child?
The relationship between father and daughter has always been uneasy. But the current situation also provokes an emotional division between Wexford and his wife, Dora.
One particular member of the local press is gunning for the Chief Inspector, distinctly unimpressed with what he regards as old-fashioned police methods. But Wexford, with his old friend and partner, Mike Burden, along with two new recruits to the Kingsmarkham team, pursue their inquiries with a diligence and humanity that make Ruth Rendell's detective stories enthralling, exciting and very touching.--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
From the Back Cover
Praise for Thirteen Steps Down
'Rendell knows how to make your hair stand up straight on your head' Maeve Binchy
'Rendell's eerie capacity to comprehend disturbed criminal minds continues to astonish' The Times
'Rendell is unrivalled at depicting psychologically warped people and at creating unease through the simplest things. This is another triumph' Observer
'Ruth Rendell is back to her creepy best' Daily Mail
'One of her darkest and best' Literary Review--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.