The Vault

The Vault

eBook - 2011
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INCLUDES AN EXCERPT OF RENDELL'S FINAL NOVEL, DARK CORNERS In the stunning climax to Rendell's classic 1998 novel A Sight for Sore Eyes, three bodies—two dead, one living—are entombed in an underground chamber beneath a picturesque London house. Twelve years later, the house's new owner pulls back a manhole cover, and discovers the vault—and its grisly contents. Only now, the number of bodies is four. How did somebody else end up in the chamber? And who knew of its existence? With their own detectives at an impasse, London police call on former Kingsmarkham Chief Inspector Wexford, now retired and living with his wife in London, to advise them. Wexford, missing the thrill of a good case, jumps at the chance to sleuth once again. His dogged detective skills and knack for figuring out the criminal mind take him to London neighborhoods, posh and poor, as he follows a complex trail leading back to the original murders a decade ago. But just as the case gets hot, a devastating family tragedy pulls Wexford back to Kingsmarkham, and he finds himself transforming from investigator into victim. Ingeniously plotted, The Vault is a "masterful" ( The Seattle Times ) sequel to A Sight for Sore Eyes that will satisfy both longtime Wexford fans and new Rendell readers alike.
Publisher: [S.I.] : Scribner, 2011.
ISBN: 9781451624090
Additional Contributors: Overdrive Inc
Summary: INCLUDES AN EXCERPT OF RENDELL'S FINAL NOVEL, DARK CORNERS In the stunning climax to Rendell's classic 1998 novel A Sight for Sore Eyes, three bodies—two dead, one living—are entombed in an underground chamber beneath a picturesque London house. Twelve years later, the house's new owner pulls back a manhole cover, and discovers the vault—and its grisly contents. Only now, the number of bodies is four. How did somebody else end up in the chamber? And who knew of its existence? With their own detectives at an impasse, London police call on former Kingsmarkham Chief Inspector Wexford, now retired and living with his wife in London, to advise them. Wexford, missing the thrill of a good case, jumps at the chance to sleuth once again. His dogged detective skills and knack for figuring out the criminal mind take him to London neighborhoods, posh and poor, as he follows a complex trail leading back to the original murders a decade ago. But just as the case gets hot, a devastating family tragedy pulls Wexford back to Kingsmarkham, and he finds himself transforming from investigator into victim. Ingeniously plotted, The Vault is a "masterful" ( The Seattle Times ) sequel to A Sight for Sore Eyes that will satisfy both longtime Wexford fans and new Rendell readers alike.

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IV27HUjg
Aug 11, 2014

One of hers that I really liked -

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cheadlebeagle
Apr 06, 2012

I found this a bit dull to be honest and it seemed to me that Rendell can't bring herself to leave Wexford behind so we now get Wexford as a private detective. Also I would recommend re-reading Rendell's A Sight For Sore Eyes first as this is a sort of sequel.

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gloryb
Feb 18, 2012

Retired from the police force, Wexford is asked to help work on a murder case involving 3 dead bodies found in an underground coal hole beside a house when the owner wanted to dig a basement for his house. We tediously follow not only the clues that Wexford leads us to as he solves the crime, but we also endure the unfortunate events surrounding his older daughter's love life. Many interviews with many characters whose interactions only become evident at the end and the continual reminder of Wexford's retirement status decreased the reading enjoyment for me. Even Wexford himself is tired of it all and yearns for a holiday to get away from it all. Hence my 3 stars for a top notch novelist's mystery.

sofiaargentina Oct 07, 2011

Your really have to read A Sight for Sore Eyes to get any connection to this book. Even with this knowledge the book itself was just ok.

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