"No one surpasses Ruth Rendell when it comes to stories of obsession, istability, and malignant coincidence."--Stephen King "Unequivocally the most brilliant mystery writer of our time.--Patricia Cornwell "Ruth Rendell is my dream writer. Her prose style...has the disquieting intimacy of an alien touch in the dark."--Marilyn Stasio "The New York Times Book Review " "'Subtle' is an inadequate word for Ruth Rendell. So are 'crafty, ' 'cunning, ' 'clever' and 'sly.'"--Marilyn Stasio "New York Times Book Review " "A novel by Ruth Rendell is like none other..... The results are seldom what we expect them to be, and that is part of this author's special genius."--Robert Croan "Pittsburgh Post-Gazette " "[Rendell's] new Inspector Wexford novel, the 24th in the series, is as refined, probing, and intelligent as prior installments... She integrates her themes of religious belief, class in England, and womanhood so effortlessly that the book is never less than a pleasure."--Charles Finch "USA Today " "If you're unfamiliar with Ruth Rendell, if you've somehow managed to miss her sixty or so books ... then, congratulations: Your reading life is about to get infinitely richer."--Jonathan Shapiro "Los Angeles Times " "Rendell unspools anentertaining cast of characters... Lovely touches of detail... Best of all forWexford fans, the book affords some terrific moments between the retired sleuthand [Detective Superintendent Mike] Burden."--Daneet Steffens "Boston Globe "