"A classic."-The Times
"Rendell writes with such elegance and restraint, with such literary voice and an insightful mind, that she transcends the mystery genre and achieves something almost sublime."-Los Angeles Times
"It will be an amazing achievement if [Rendell] ever writes a better book."- Daily Express
"Ruth Rendell is the best mystery writer in the English-speaking world."- Time
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It seems to be a straightforward, if bloody, crime. Four members of one family murdered by their housekeeper in a modern St. Valentine's Day massacre. But that is where the story begins. A critically acclaimed novel from the author of bestselling crime thrillers including Thirteen Steps Down and the world-famous Detective Chief Inspector Wexford series.