Obsession. Ruth Rendell has said that the 22nd Inspector Wexford novel, The Monster in the Box, will be the last. If that’s so, it’s a worthy finale. Reginald Wexford is one of the most finely developed fictional detectives, who exudes confidence and professionalism, all the while absorbed with coming to terms with the lives of others and why they do what they do. The monster in the title is Eric Targo, whom Wexford encountered early in his police career. Convinced then and now that Targo is a murderer, Wexford narrows his focus to come to terms with Targo. Rendell does a great job in moving the action forward as she also provides a look to the past to understand the context of current activities of both Wexford and Targo. Any mystery fan will love the fine writing in The Monster in the Box.
Rating: Three-star (Recommended)
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