The Monster in the Box : (A Wexford Case) Paperback
by Ruth Rendell
Part of the Wexford series
The twenty-second book to feature the classic crime-solving detective, Chief Inspector Wexford.
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 of her violent murder, 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 that it was Eric Targo. A psychopathic murderer who would kill again...As the Chief Inspector investigates a new case, Ruth Rendell looks back to the beginning of Wexford's career as a detective, even to his courtship of the woman who would become his wife.
The villainous Targo is not the only ghost from Wexford's past who has re-emerged to haunt him in the here and now...
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 352 pages
- Publisher: Cornerstone
- Publication Date: 05/08/2010
- Category: Crime & mystery
- ISBN: 9780099548225
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Review by devenish
Going back into Wexford's past life and career makes for a fascinating read. His early loves,prior to his meeting Dora and his rise in the police from constable to his present position are all chronicled in the course of the book.The crimes of Eric Targo are strange ones,if indeed crimes they are. Murders are being committed which Wexford is convinced that Targo has perpetrated but there is no proof whatsoever.Targo then begins to stalk Wexford and indeed to taunt him. What can be done ? The Inspector begins to try to talk over the whole situation with Burden and attempt to find a solution.This is an excellent story with lots of twists and turns which also explains much of Wexford's life from the other novels.