Harm Done

Harm Done

An Inspector Wexford Mystery

Large Print - 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 confusion and amnesia she wasn't able to plausibly describe where she'd been, or why she'd been away Soon after, a convicted pedophile is released back into the community, preying on the heightened fears of parents in the Muriel Campden Estate where he lives. Then the child of a wealthy executive disappears, and not long after, the man himself is found stubbed to death.

Chief Inspector Wexford is charged with solving the mysterious disappearances, protecting a pedophile, and catching a killer. Searching for connections, he finds himself focusing on domestic violence. As Wexford moves closer to the truth, he confronts the discomfiting lesson that when it comes to the inner life of a family, justice is rarely as straightforward as the letter of the law.

Publisher: [Rockland, Mass.] : Compass Press, c1999
ISBN: 9781568958057
1568958056
Characteristics: 548 p. (large print) ; 24 cm
Alternative Title: Harm done

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LauraSteinert
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.

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readerpat
Dec 03, 2014

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

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