By Ruth Rendell
(Dell, Mass Market Paperback, 9780440226024, 400pp.)
Publication Date: September 8, 1998
Other Editions of This Title: Paperback
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The woods outside of Kingsmarkham were lovely, dark, and deep. And they were about to vanish forever when the new highway cut through them. While Chief Inspector Wexford privately despaired about the loss of his hiking grounds, local residents and outsiders were organizing a massive protest. Some of them were desperate enough to kidnap five hostages and threaten to kill them. One hostage was Wexford's wife, Dora. Now, combining high technology with his extraordinary detecting skills, Wexford and his team race to find the kidnappers' whereabouts. Because someone has crossed from political belief to fanaticism, and as the first body is found, good intentions may become Wexford's personal path to hell.
Ruth Rendell is the author of eighteen Chief Inspector Wexford mystery novels, eighteen nonseries mystery novels, and eight pseudonymous Barbara Vine novels. In addition to winning the Grand Master Award she has received numerous Edgar and Golden Dagger awards. In August 1997 she was named a life peer in the House of Lords.