A lump of concrete dropped deliberately from a little stone bridge
over a relatively unfrequented road kills the wrong person. The
driver behind is spared. But only for a while. It is impossible for
Chief Inspector Wexford not to wonder how terrible it would be to
discover that one of his daughters had been murdered. Sylvia has
always been a cause for concern. Living alone with her two
children, she is pregnant again. What will happen to the child? The
relationship between father and daughter has always been uneasy.
But the current situation also provokes an emotional division
between Wexford and his wife, Dora. One particular member of the
local press is gunning for the Chief Inspector, distinctly
unimpressed with what he regards as old-fashioned police methods.
But Wexford, with his old friend and partner, Mike Burden, along
with two new recruits to the Kingsmarkham team, pursue their
inquiries with a diligence and humanity that make Ruth Rendell's
detective stories enthralling, exciting and very touching.