Ruth Rendell's Inspector Wexford investigates the murder of a man killed the night before he was to be best man at his best friend's wedding. On the personal side, we see Wexford taking care of a dog his daughter Sheila has brought home "for a short while." Gruff Wexford is putty in his daughter's hands. A good read. Rendell's characters are well-drawn and her pacing of plot is good.