Chief Inspector Wexford tries to solve a murder with no evidence, not even a body. Read by the star of the TV series. Anita Margolis had vanished. There was no body, no crime - nothing more than an anonymous letter and the intriguing name of Smith. According to HQ, it wasn't to be a murder enquiry at all. In fact, Inspector Burden has no trouble seeing a pattern in the Margolis case. Anita was wealthy, flighty, and thoroughly immoral. Decent women had clean, tidy homes, and were either married or had jobs, or both - they didn't live with eccentric brothers and bring lovers home in the afternoon. And they knew better than to keep their money in their handbags. It was clear as daylight to Inspector Burden what had happened to Anita Margolis. Chief Inspector Wexford however, had other ideas.
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It was better than a hotel, this anonymous room on a secluded side street of a small country town. No register to sign, no questions asked, and for five bucks a man could have three hours of undisturbed, illicit lovemaking.
Then one evening a man with a knife turned the love nest into a death chamber. The carpet was soaked with blood -- but where was the corpse?
Meanwhile, a beautiful, promiscuous woman is missing -- along with the bundle of cash she'd had in her pocket. The truth behind it all will keep even veteran mystery fans guessing through the very last page.From the Back Cover:
"Rendell is awfully good....in any Rendell book you know that something unusual is going to happen."--The New York Times Book Review
"Undoubtedly one of the best writers of English mysteries and chiller-killer plots."--Los Angeles Times
"For readers who have almost given up mysteries... Rendell may be just the woman to get them started again."--Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine
"First-rate Entertainment."--Saturday Review
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Book Description HarperCollins Publishers, 2011. Compact Disc. Book Condition: Brand New. In Stock. Bookseller Inventory # zk0007424329
Book Description HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, 2011. Audio CD. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0007424329