By Ruth Rendell
Who may have suspected that the interesting stag occasion for the groom may be the prelude to the homicide of his shut buddy Charlie Hatton? And Charlie's dying was once in simple terms the 1st in a string of difficult murders concerning small-time gangsters, dishonest husbands, and unfastened girls. Now leader Inspector Wexford and his assistant sign up for forces with the groom to trace down a killer . . .
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She screamed. ‘I never get used to it, you know,’ said Burden quietly. ’ Wexford had amiable, sometimes distinctly fond feelings for his subordinate, but occasionally Burden made him impatient, especially when he instituted himself keeper of the chief inspector’s conscience. He had a smug, parsonical face, Wexford thought unkindly, and now his thin mouth turned piously, down. ‘The worst is over anyway,’ he said crossly. ’ You callous devil, said Burden’s look. Then the neat, well-modelled head was once more averted and the inspector re-entered his silent, respectful reverie.
The willows enclosed him. His shadow appeared again as the path rose and dipped. Jack heard him whistling, ‘Mabel, dear, listen here’ under the stars and then as the shadow was absorbed and lost in the many tree shadows, the whistle too faded and there was no sound but the gentle chatter of the stream, the Kingsbrook that flowed everlastingly over its bed of thin round stones. Many waters cannot quench love, nor the floods drown it. Chapter 2 Detective Chief Inspector Wexford didn’t care for dogs.
He took it. When he emerged from the bathroom the dog was still howling and pop music was issuing from behind Sheila’s door. A degenerate male voice exhorted its hearers to give it love or let it die in peace. ‘There seems to be an awful lot of noise going on, darling,’ said Mrs Wexford sleepily. ’ He opened Sheila’s door. She was applying a face pack. ‘Just this once, then,’ said the chief inspector. ’ Clytemnestra. Of all the stupid pretentious names for a dog . . But what else could you expect of someone called Sebastian?
Best Man to Die (Chief Inspector Wexford Mysteries) by Ruth Rendell