I've been an Inspector Wexford fan for years but only recently read the first books in the series. This has proven something I always suspected, Rendell rocked from the beginning. Many authors mature and improve over time but Ruth had the goods from the very start. In this book Wexford is forced to revisit a case, his first murder in fact, that he considered closed a long time ago. You are kept guessing till the very end as to whether Wexford got it right in the first place or put away the wrong man. In the usual fashion there is plenty of psychology and little domestic details contributing to the fabric of the novel, drawing you in as you learn more about the characters and their lives. New to Rendell or an old fan, this story will not disappoint. I gave it five stars because the writing is masterful and the plot excellent, making it a crime classic in my book.