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Shake Hands for Ever

Shake Hands for Ever

The ninth Wexford novel published by Hutchinson in

Don (Rendell) is the first person to read the manuscript. If he makes a suggestion, I will probably put it in. He isn’t always right, however. He read Shake Hands for Ever—which is generally held to be the best Wexford—and said ‘That won’t win any prizes’ …

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Angela Hathall is found strangled in her bed, but shockingly, the murder of this meek and solitary woman sparks little emotion in her husband.

Wexford is called to investigate, and his curiosity only deepens when he discovers that the Hathall household has been meticulously cleaned, except for a distinctive palm print in the bath.

As the case develops, Wexford is increasingly frustrated by the seemingly pointless nature of the murder. Nancy Lake, Hathall’s charming neighbour, offers Wexford her assistance, and what began as a tricky case turns into an obsession that threatens to destroy both the Inspector’s career and his marriage.


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  1. A very private detective writer, TV Times 1988 ↩︎

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