Kissing the Gunners Daughter by Ruth Rendell

By Ruth Rendell

A financial institution activity is going unsuitable and a Kingsmarkham detective sergeant is killed. Months later, the Flory kinfolk are slaughtered at domestic by means of an unknown murderer. The circumstances look unrelated. yet leader Inspector Wexford isn't really so certain. by way of the writer of "The Copper Peacock" and "The Bridesmaid".

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She had seen the gun skid across the floor. The others had crowded round Martin but she had been the last in the line of people the gunman had directed to stand against the wall, so therefore the furthest from Martin who had been at the head of it. Caleb Martin had dropped the gun with which he made his brave attempt. His son Kevin later identified it as his personal property, taken from him by his father in the car that morning. It was a toy, a crude copy, with several design inaccuracies, of a Smith and Wesson Model 10 Military and Police Revolver with four-inch barrel.

Who did they think they were? By what imagined right did they come in here to take what was not their own? It was the same feeling that he had when he heard or saw that one country had invaded another. How dare they commit this outrage? The woman cashier was handing over money. Martin didn't think Ram Gopal had set off an alarm. He was staring, petrified with terror or merely inscrutably calm. He was watching Sharon Fraser pressing those keys on the cash dispenser at her side which would tumble out banknotes already packed into fifties and hundreds.

Martin distrusted credit cards and though he possessed one, seldom used it. His attitude was the same in respect of the cashpoint dispenser. The bank was still closed, its solid oak front door firmly shut, but there was the automatic bank, installed in the granite facade for his convenience. The card was in his wallet and he went so far as to get it out and look at it. Somewhere he had written down the vital number. He tried to recall it — fifty-fifty-three? Fifty-three-0-five? He heard the bolts shifted, the hammers in the lock fall.

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