Harm Done

Harm Done

An Inspector Wexford Mystery

Book - 1999
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The search for the body commenced. Then the victim walked into town.
Behind the picture-postcard facade of Kingsmarkham lies a community rife with violence, betrayal, and a taste for vengeance. When sixteen-year-old Lizzie Cromwell reappears no one knows where she has been, including Lizzie herself. Inspector Wexford thinks she was with a boyfriend. But the disappearance of a three-year-old girl casts a more ominous light on events. And when the public's outrage turns toward a recently released pederast and another suspect turns up stabbed to death, Wexford must try to unravel the mystery before any more bodies appear, and before a mob of local vigilantes metes out a rough justice to their least favorite suspect. In Harm Done, the violence is near at hand, and evil lies just a few doors down the block. From the Trade Paperback edition.
Publisher: Toronto : Doubleday Canada, c1999
ISBN: 9780385258845
0385258844
Branch Call Number: FIC Rende 3558ad 1
Characteristics: 346 p

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LauraSteinert
Oct 03, 2018

So, 1999 was a whole different world. The book is a bit dated without cell phone, computers are slow and law enforcement has little in the way of resources. I like the inspector, but it was like reading "ancient history" of police detection. Far more Miss Marple than CSI Or NCIS. Did we still need to have wife abuse explained to us in 1999? Was England really so uniformed in 1999 about child abuse? I did struggle with this one a bit. Still, not a bad 6 hours of reading.

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readerpat
Dec 03, 2014

Another great book from Ruth Rendell about murder, wife abuse and pedophilia .

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