Rendell, Ruth. The Veiled One.

NY: Random House, 1988.

Chief Inspector Reg Wexford of the Kingsmarkham CID, an hour or so from London, has been shopping in the local mall and when he goes down to the garage, he (as he discovers later) passes right by a dead body lying between two cars.

An elderly woman has been garroted, the body is finally discovered by another old woman, and the somewhat off-center son of the victim is the principal suspect — so far as Wexford’s assistant, DI Mike Burden, is concerned, anyway. Then Wexford gets himself blown up in his famous-actress daughter’s car and Burden takes over the case for awhile and gets himself badly distracted by his own prejudices and lack of understanding of psychological problems. Wexford, naturally, escapes the hospital earlier than his doctors want him to and undertakes his own investigation in rather different directions. It’s a first-rate police procedural, with the added tension of different world-views and cultural attitudes between the two cops, and you’ll have your choice of reasonable suspects. And the climax is pretty horrific.

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