On the day Lizzie came back from the dead, the police and her family had already begun to search for her body. She had been missing for three days. Between her confusion and amnesia she could not describe where she'd been, or why. Soon after, a convicted pedophile is released back into the community. Then the child of a wealthy executive disappears, and not long after, the man himself is found stabbed to death.
Chief Inspector Wexford is charged with solving the mysterious disappearances, protecting a pedophile, and catching a killer. As he searches for connections, he finds himself focusing on domestic violence. His daughter, Sylvia, a social worker, has come to work nearby in a refuge for battered women. Her marriage is also strained, although her husband has never raised a hand to her. Others in Kingsmarkham are not so fortunate. As Wexford moves closer to the truth, he confronts the discomfiting lesson that when it comes to the inner life of families, justice is rarely as straightforward as the letter of the law.
"Ruth Rendell is unequivocally the most brilliant mystery writer of our time" (Patricia Cornwell)
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