Harm Done

Harm Done

Book - 1999
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On the day Lizzie came back from the dead, the police and her family and neighbors had already begun to search for her body. She had been missing for three days. Never an articulate child, between her confusion and amnesia she could not plausibly describe where she'd been or why she'd been away. Soon after, a convicted pedophile is released back into the community, adding to the already heightened fears of parents in the Muriel Campden Estate where he lives. Then the child of a wealthy executive disappears, and not long after, a suspect in the kidnapping is found stabbed to death. Chief Inspector Wexford is charged with solving the mysterious disappearances, protecting a pedophile, and catching a killer. As he searches for connections, he finds himself focusing on domestic violence. His daughter, Sylvia, a social worker, has come to work nearby in a refuge for battered women called The Hide. Her marriage is also strained, although her husband has never raised a hand to her. Others in Kingsmarkham are not so fortunate. As Wexford moves closer to the truth, he confronts the discomfiting lesson that when it comes to the inner life of families, justice is rarely as straightforward as the letter of the law.
Publisher: New York : Crown, 1999.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780609605479
Branch Call Number: M/REND
Characteristics: 346p. 24cm.


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Oct 03, 2018

So, 1999 was a whole different world. The book is a bit dated without cell phone, computers are slow and law enforcement has little in the way of resources. I like the inspector, but it was like reading "ancient history" of police detection. Far more Miss Marple than CSI Or NCIS. Did we still need to have wife abuse explained to us in 1999? Was England really so uniformed in 1999 about child abuse? I did struggle with this one a bit. Still, not a bad 6 hours of reading.

Dec 03, 2014

Another great book from Ruth Rendell about murder, wife abuse and pedophilia .


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