Another masterpiece by the "Queen of Crime". The reader on this CD, Donada Peters, is every bit the master of her craft as Miss Rendell. In combination this was extremely enjoyable.
I'm not really sure what this book is ultimately about. I'd gotten halfway through it before the cassette broke and still haven't a clue which direction it was headed. It starts out with a missing teenage girl who returns unharmed three days later with no memory of her adventure. The police question her and question her with no result. When the next teenage girl goes missing, they assume she'll be back as well and she is. Again unharmed and with little recollection of what happened. The police investigate this non-crime for many chapters and when a 3 year old baby is taken, the investigation is minimal. I couldn't figure why the police were so interested in the teenagers' story but not in the missing baby's. Next follows a rambling tale of a homosexual pedophile (he's into boys) being released back into society. The townspeople protest outside his house, throw things threw his windows, make up rumors about him snatching the missing baby girl, and finally march on the police station and toss fire bombs inside. I just couldn't figure out what the purpose of this section was since the pedophile liked boys not girls. I just didn't get the connection and got very irritated when it went on and on and on. I kept thinking, please get to the damn point. When cassette 6 broke and 7 also had some kind of problem, I decided that I really didn't care to be tortured any longer with this rambling tale.
Unabridged on ten cassettes. Read by Donada Peters.
Very good book. Inspector Wexford is one of my favorites.