In the ruins of Yorkshire's Fountains Abbey lies the body of a man wrapped in a cloak, the face covered by a gas mask. Next to him is a book on alchemy, which belongs to the schoolmaster, a conscientious objector in the Great War. Who is this man, and is the investigation into his death being manipulated by a thirst for revenge?
Meanwhile, the British War Office is searching for a missing man of their own, someone whose war work was so secret that even Rutledge isn't told his real name or what he did.
The search takes Rutledge to Berkshire, where cottages once built to house lepers stand in the shadow of a great white horse cut into the chalk hillside. The current inhabitants of the cottages are outcasts, too, hiding from their own pasts. Who among them is telling the truth about their neighbors and who is twisting it?
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"Award winner Todd, the pseudonym for a mother-and-son writing team, is brilliant at creating atmosphere and unforgettable characters. Fans of historicals by Rennie Airth and Anne Perry will snap this up." - Library Journal.
"Another penetrating, emotionally lacerating antiwar fable from a master of the form." - Kirkus Reviews.
"Todd, the pseudonym for a mother-and-son writing team, excels in this 10th novel in the series. A Pale Horse drips with atmosphere of the era and the landscape, with a keen attention to realistic characters. In a superior series already distinguished for its superior plots, A Pale Horse is exceptional." - Florida Sun-Sentinel.
"This deft psychological period piece, A Pale Horse, may be the best yet by Charles Todd, a pseudonymous mother-son writing team. A." - Entertainment Weekly.
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Charles Todd is the author of nine Ian Rutledge mysteries to date, and one
stand-alone novel, The Murder Stone. This USA-based mother-and-son
(Charles & Caroline) writing team maintain a strong level of anonymity, even
though they appear on many author panels together and Charles is a very active
member of the Mystery Writers of America. They live somewhere along America's mid-Atlantic coastline. Some
biographies show Charles living in Greenville Delaware, but that simply
refers to a P.O. box they maintain.
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