"Rendell's psychological insights are so absorbing, it's easy to forget what a superb plotter she is" (The Times
"Ruth Rendell is not only the finest crime novelist there is, but one of the finest novelists writing in the English language" (Scotsman
"The most brilliant mystery novelist of our time - mesmerizing" (Patricia Cornwell)
"Ruth Rendell has quite simply transformed the genre of crime writing. She displays her peerless skill in blending the mundane, commonplace aspects of life with the potent murky impulses of desire and greed, obsession and fear" (Sunday Times
"The best woman crime writer since Sayers, Christie, Allingham and Marsh" (Edmund Crispin, Sunday Times
It seems to be a straightforward, if bloody, crime. Four members of one family murdered by their housekeeper in a modern St. Valentine's Day massacre. But that is where the story begins. A critically acclaimed novel from the author of bestselling crime thrillers including Thirteen Steps Down and the world-famous Detective Chief Inspector Wexford series.