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The monster in the box / Ruth Rendell.

By: Rendell, Ruth, 1930-2015 [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookSeries: Rendell, Ruth, Chief Inspector Wexford: book 22.Publisher: London : Hutchinson, 2009Description: 279 p. ; 24 cm.ISBN: 9781439150375; 9780091931483; 0091931487; 9780091931490.Subject(s): Police -- England -- Fiction | Kingsmarkham (England : Imaginary place) -- Fiction | Wexford, Inspector (Fictitious character) -- FictionGenre/Form: Suspense fiction.DDC classification: 823.914 Summary: 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, 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 it was Eric Targo.
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The Monster in the Box is the latest addition to Ruth Rendell's "masterful" ( Los Angeles Times ) Inspector Wexford series.<br> <br> In this enthralling new book, Rendell, "the best mystery writer in the English-speaking world" ( Time ), takes Inspector Wexford back to his first murder case--a woman found strangled in her bedroom. Outside the crime scene, Wexford noticed a short, muscular man wearing a scarf and walking a dog. The man gave Wexford an unnerving stare. Without any solid evidence, Wexford began to suspect that this man--Eric Targo--was the killer.<br> <br> Over the years there are more unsolved, apparently motiveless murders in the town of Kingsmarkham.<br> <br> Now, half a lifetime later, Wexford spots Targo back in Kingsmarkham after a long absence. Wexford tells his longtime partner, Mike Burden, about his suspicions, but Burden dismisses them as fantasy. Meanwhile, Burden's wife, Jenny, has suspicions of her own. She believes that the Rahmans, a highly respectable immigrant family from Pakistan, may be forcing their daughter, Tamima, into an arranged marriage--or worse.

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, 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 it was Eric Targo.

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Inspector Reg Wexford first encountered Eric Targo near the scene where Elsie Carroll was found murdered. Wexford's instincts told him that Targo was Elsie's killer, but with scant evidence, Targo was never charged. Years later, Wexford sees Targo near the scene of another murder and knows without a doubt that he has struck again. The victims have nothing in common, and nothing seems to connect them in any way. But the tenacious inspector manages to uncover an unusual motive in this 22nd installment in Rendell's Inspector Wexford series (after Not in the Flesh). The author's subtle humor shines through Wexford's coworker, the politically correct Hannah Goldsmith. Verdict Although not as engaging or suspenseful as many of Rendell's earlier works, this is still a compelling story that keeps readers coming back for more. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 6/1/09.]-Linda Oliver, MLIS, Colorado Springs (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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