By Ruth Rendell
Listed here are 5 vintage Wexford instances that exhibit his extraordinary ingenuity — and that of his writer. starting from the extra daily crimes of ardour and violence in quiet Kingsmarkham, to a strange homicide in Yugoslavia, every one is a case which demanding situations Detective leader Inspector Wexford's enormous mind's eye and resourcefulness, and the sufferer reasoning of the lengthy agony Burden.
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It often struck Wade as odd that the two of them had little in common and never discussed personal matters, but they spent four or five evenings a week together, just watching movies or going out for beer. Some nights, Wade would sit at his desk in the living room and work while Dominick just hung around entertaining himself. They seemed comfortable without having to talk. Instead of sticking out like a sore thumb, Dominick fit in well at the Portland precinct. He was fair, hard, tough, never late for work, and wrote up reports with remarkable clarity and accuracy.
When they gave me things to examine. Sometimes I could see dozens of pictures about an object, who it belonged to, where it’d been. ” Wade didn’t follow him. ” “No. One day Dr. Morris—he worked with me the most—shows up with this guy in a suit. I was about fifteen then. ” Wade went cold. ” Dominick’s voice dropped, and he seemed to slide uncomfortably back into the past. “I’m sorry,” Wade whispered. The description was too close to home. ” “A dark-haired guy with green eyes, wearing a black tux.
I paused, determined to learn the rest of his story. ” He blinked and then looked down at the floor. “Once all six victims were recovered, we turned in the license-plate numbers on the Mazda and a few other cars, but Dom didn’t think we’d get much out of that. So that night, we just started driving around. By then he believed me . . that I’d felt someone else at the house, and he wanted me to try and pick up your location psychically. But he was talking crazy . . ” Wade stopped and took a few loud breaths.
Means of Evil and Other Stories by Ruth Rendell