The bed was neatly made, and the woman on top neatly strangled.
According to all accounts, Angela Hathall was deeply in love with her husband and far too paranoid to invite an unknown person into their home. So who managed to gain entry and strangle her without a struggle? That is the problem facing Inspector Wexford in Shake Hands Forever
. Perhaps it was the mystery woman who left her fingerprints on the Hathall's bathtub? Perhaps it was Angela's husband who lied about a stolen library book? And why was the Hathall home, usually so unkempt, exqisitely clean the day of Angela's death? Then a neighbor--friendly, knowing, disarmingly beautiful--offers Wexford her assistance. And what begins as a rather tricky case turns into an obsession that threatens to destroy the Inspector's career--as well as his marriage.
Maddeningly addictive, smart and surprising, Shake Hands Forever
showcases Ruth Rendell at the height of her storytelling powers.
"Chief Inspector Wexford is one of the most admirable presences in mystery fiction today." --The New York Times Book Review
"Rendell is a master of the form." --The Washington Post Book World
"No one can take you so totally into the recesses of the human mind as does Ruth Rendell." --The Christian Science Monitor
"The best mystery writer anywhere in the English-speaking world." --The Boston Globe