"A fine novel of suspense" (Financial Times
"Rendell’s psychological insights are so absorbing, it’s easy to forget what a superb plotter she is" (The Times
"Ruth Rendell's books are not only whodunits but whydunits, uncovering the motive roots of murder" (Mail on Sunday
"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
"Ruth Rendell is not only the finest crime novelist there is, but one of the finest novelists writing in the English language" (Scotsman
An early mystery from Ruth Rendell, the world's greatest living crime writer and author of bestselling psychological thrillers including Thirteen Steps Down
and Adam and Eve and Pinch Me
. Shortlisted for the Edgar Allan Poe Award for best crime novel in 1980.