Chief Inspector Wexford has never before known a case of a father finding the murdered body of his daughter, never thought to see a bereaved parent prone over his child's corpse. He has daughters of his own, but he can barely imagine hlmself in George Marshalson's position. Wexford needs to discover if there Is any connection between two apparently unrelated deaths. But he is soon accused in the local press of old-fashioned police methods. However, with his old friend and partner, Mike Burden, and two new recruits to the Kingsmarkham team, Wexford pursues his inquiries with a diligence and humanity that make Ruth Rendell's detective stories enthralling, exciting and very touching.