“Ruth Rendell is the best mystery writer in the English-speaking world.”—Time
No one admitted to spotting the doctor’s missing daughter—even after the murders began. Melanie Akande, eschewing privilege, had insisted on going to the jobsearch office to find employment. But between that office and the bus stop, she vanished. Inspector Wexford hoped someone would have noticed her, since the Akandes were among the few Africans living in Kingsmarkham. Instead, he had found a middle-aged white woman strangled in bed, and a mysterious black girl buried in a shallow grave.
Now Wexford, seeking connections among the three women, cast his baleful eye on the changes in once rural Sussex—from a Kuwaiti millionaire’s Rolls-Royce to the growing slums and dismal hopelessness of unemployed youth. What he can’t see among them is the shocking, blood-chilling motive to kill. And what he has yet to find is a doctor’s missing child . . .
Praise for Simisola
“One of the author’s best!”—The New York Times Book Review
“Rendell delivers a complex crime deftly unraveled.”—Daily News (New York)
Ruth Rendell is the author of Road Rage, The Keys to the Street, Bloodlines, Simisola, and The Crocodile Bird. She is the winner of the Mystery Writers of America Grand Master Award. She is also the recipient of three Edgars from the Mystery Writers of… More about Ruth Rendell