There hadn't been anything like this kind of rain in living memory. The River Brede had burst its banks, and not a single house in the valley had escaped flooding. Even where Wexford lived, higher up in Kingsmarkham, the waters had nearly reached the mulberry tree in his once immaculate garden. The Subaqua Task Force could find no trace of Giles and Sophie Dade, let alone the woman who was keeping them company, Joanna Troy. But Mrs. Dade was still convinced her children were dead. This was an investigation which would call into question many of Wexford's assumptions about the way people behaved, including his own family.
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by Ruth Rendell
"Ruth Rendell's brand of psychological suspense is much imitated, but her master's touch is clearly evident. Nigel Anthony, also clearly a master of the narrative arts, takes listeners through Inspector Wexford's winding investigation of the disappearance of two teenaged children and their overnight sitter. Moody, introspective, and intellectual, Wexford is wonderfully played by Anthony, who amplifies, not just the Chief Inspector, but the other policemen, family members, and townsfolk. Anthony spins out the tale with ease and assurance. He's in touch with the story's pace, knowing exactly when to stretch it out and when to ratchet up the suspense. Listeners can savor Rendell's newest work and enjoy the listening hours. R.F.W. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award (c) AudioFile 2004, Portland, Maine"
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