Harm Done

Harm Done

An Inspector Wexford Mystery

Book - 1999
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On the day Lizzie came back from the dead, the police and her family and neighbors had already begun to search for her body. She had been missing for three days. Never an articulate child, between her confusion and amnesia she could not plausibly describe where she'd been or why she'd been away. Soon after, a convicted pedophile is released back into the community, adding to the already heightened fears of parents in the Muriel Campden Estate where he lives. Then the child of a wealthy executive disappears, and not long after, a suspect in the kidnapping is found stabbed to death.

Chief Inspector Wexford is charged with solving the mysterious disappearances, protecting a pedophile, and catching a killer. As he searches for connections, he finds himself focusing on domestic violence. His daughter, Sylvia, a social worker, has come to work nearby in a refuge for battered women called The Hide. Her marriage is also strained, although her husband has never raised a hand to her. Others in Kingsmarkham are not so fortunate. As Wexford moves closer to the truth, he confronts the discomfiting lesson that when it comes to the inner life of families, justice is rarely as straightforward as the letter of the law.

Baker & Taylor
Inspector Wexford confronts the terrifying world of domestic violence when a series of kidnappings leads back to his own daughter's volunteer work at a shelter for battered women. 50,000 first printing.

Blackwell North Amer
On the day Lizzie came back from the dead, the police and her family and neighbours had already begun to search for her body. She had been missing for three days.
A short while later, another young woman disappears, just as a convicted paedophile is released back into the community. The residents of the Muriel Campden Estate are up in arms, and even prepared to take the law into their own hands...
Chief Inspector Wexford is not only concerned very personally with the effects of violence and prejudice, but is involved with a new programme called Hurt-Watch, to help the victims of domestic violence. His daughter, Sylvia, the social worker, and never his favourite, has come to work nearby in a refuge for battered women, called The Hide. Her marriage is also in difficulties, although her husband has never raised a hand to her. They are merely incompatible.
Other women in Kingsmarkham are not so lucky, and, after those early disappearances, two far more serious crimes are committed which will affect the lives and attitudes of police and public alike.

Baker
& Taylor

Inspector Wexford confronts the terrifying world of domestic violence when a series of kidnappings leads back to his own daughter's volunteer work at a shelter for battered women

Publisher: New York : Crown, 1999
Edition: 1st American ed
ISBN: 9780609605479
060960547X
Characteristics: 346 p. ; 25 cm

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Dec 03, 2014

Another great book from Ruth Rendell about murder, wife abuse and pedophilia .

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ilovewhippets
Nov 26, 2014

Inspector Wexford series is worth reading! One of better Ruth Rendell series, for sure!

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