• "Yet further proof of Rendell's amazing criminal mastery"

    Evening Standard
  • "[Targo] is as good a villain as Wexford ever tried to pin down . . . hauntingly nasty"

  • "Targo haunted this world, as he haunts the reader: the monster is out of the box and it's impossible to put him back once this book has been closed"

  • "One of the best-written detective series in the genre's history . . . At any time we can return to Kingsmarkham to explore the darker side of humanity with Wexford as our reassuring and humane guide"

    Washington Post
  • "Ruth Rendell is marvellous at psychological tension... She knits all the threads together with a casual flourish that shows veteran expertise"

    Sunday Times