True Blue --
January 15th, 2010 --
The Monster in the Box
By Ruth Rendell
Doubleday, 279 pages, $32.95
Ruth Rendell is another beautiful writer. Her latest, The Monster in the Box, is also one of a series, the 22nd following the career of Detective Inspector Reg Wexler.
In this instalment, Wexler is taken back to his earliest days as a policeman and the first murder case he was ever involved in. Years ago, he was at a crime scene where a woman had been strangled with the belt from her bathrobe. The back door and the garden entrance of her row house were unlocked at the time. Wexler sees a stocky man with a dog on the street at the scene, a man who gives him a penetrating stare, and his Spidey senses tell him this is the perpetrator of the crime.
Over decades, he sees the same man around, while there are other unsolved murders on the books. Wexler fixates on the man, whom he discovers is the much- married and successful property developer Eric Targo. He unloads his theories on his best chum, Mike Burden, who is skeptical.
There's a side story about a young Muslim woman taught by Burden's schoolteacher wife, whom she suspects is being forced into an arranged marriage. Wexler is asked as a favour to look into it.
To say more would ruin things. Rendell weaves an intriguing tale. Fans will be happy.
Thursday, January 21, 2010
Review of The Monster in the Box by Ruth Rendell
From Montreal Gazette --