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Only eighteen black people live in Kingsmarkham. One of them is Wexford's new Doctor, Raymond Akande. When the doctor's daughter, Melanie, goes missing, the Chief Inspector takes more than just a professional interest in the case.

Melanie, just down from university but unable to find a job, disappeared somewhere between the Benefit Office and the bus stop. Or at least no one saw her get on the bus when it came. According to her parents, Melanie was happy at home. She had recently broken up with her boyfriend but, until now, there had been no cause to worry about her. And no one liked to voice the suspicion that something might have happened, that Melanie might be dead...

©1995 Ruth Rendell; (P)2009 BBC Audiobooks Ltd

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Complex but Intriguing.....

Another first-rate crime mystery from Ruth Rendell, beautifully read by Christopher Ravenscroft. Twin themes of modern-day slavery and race-relations in a provincial town in the 90s are skilfully interwoven with the process of detection. A must for Wexford fans.

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another twisting turning thriller

excellently performed and a mystery until the end. ..at times fasted paced but overall a slower burning novel with race and discrimination at its heart

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Simisola

I love inspector wexford, this all started from a missing black girl, but turned out to be a lot more sinister, the storyline, is quiet, distressing, if you're going to listen to it, I advise you to do it during the day

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Boring and dated

Disappointing and clunky story with wooden delivery - middle aged man voicing young women really doesn't work. Suggest you give this a miss.

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  • 25-04-12

Very listenable

Good plot development - interesting characters - well written descriptions. Only criticism I have is that the narrator's voice for the main character is rather changeable. I think he is trying to copy Michael Caine's accent but it often doesn't work.