The Monster in the Box: (A Wexford Case) - Wexford (Paperback)
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The Monster in the Box: (A Wexford Case) - Wexford (Paperback)

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Paperback 352 Pages / Published: 05/08/2010
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The twenty-second book to feature the classic crime-solving detective, Chief Inspector Wexford. Wexford had almost made up his mind that he would never again set eyes on Eric Targo's short, muscular figure. And yet there he was, back in Kingsmarkham, still with that cocky, strutting walk. Years earlier, when Wexford was a young police officer, a woman called Elsie Carroll had been found strangled in her bedroom. Although many still had their suspicions that her husband was guilty of her violent murder, no one was convicted. Another woman was strangled shortly afterwards, and every personal and professional instinct told Wexford that the killer was still at large. And that it was Eric Targo. A psychopathic murderer who would kill again... As the Chief Inspector investigates a new case, Ruth Rendell looks back to the beginning of Wexford's career as a detective, even to his courtship of the woman who would become his wife. The villainous Targo is not the only ghost from Wexford's past who has re-emerged to haunt him in the here and now...

Publisher: Cornerstone
ISBN: 9780099548225
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 245 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 21 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"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" * Spectator *
"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" * Independent *
"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 *

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“not for me”

Most of what i read is crime, so I picked this up and wished I hadnt. I normally always finish a book even if its not the best. I couldnt with this one, the writing style was outdated with lots of 'waffling'... More

Paperback edition
20th July 2011
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“Had potential but lacked clarity!”

This book had a lot of potential and I was quickly captivated by the plot, however scenes in the story seemed to drag on a little and at times when the main character flipped between talking about passed events and... More

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10th September 2011
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