From Ruth Rendell, "reigning queen of crime fiction" (Time Out), a psychologically intense novel about a small crime and its devastating aftermath.

Crime writer Ruth Rendell has died aged 85, her publisher says. She wrote more than 60 novels in a career spanning 50 years, her best-known creation being Inspector Wexford, which was turned into a highly successful TV series. Rendell, one of Britain's best-selling contemporary authors, also wrote under the pen-name Barbara Vine.

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