The third book to feature the classic crime-solving detective, Chief Inspector Wexford.
Passion can be lethal.
Anita Margolis has vanished. Dark and exquisite, Anita's character is as mysterious as her disappearance.
There was no body, no crime - nothing more concrete than an anonymous letter and the intriguing name of Smith. According to headquarters, it wasn't to be considered a murder enquiry at all.
With the letter providing them with only one questionable lead to follow, Wexford and his sidekick Inspector Burden are compelled to make enquiries. They soon discover Anita is wealthy, flighty, and thoroughly immoral. The straight-laced Burden has a very clear idea of what happened to her. But Wexford has his own suspicions...
One of the best novelists writing today
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
A firm grasp of social concerns ensure that her novels are reflective of our own times, as well as hugely absorbing
The best mystery writer anywhere in the English-speaking world
An unusual detective story... intelligent, well-written, with a surprising twist at the end