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A Long Shadow

an Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery

by Charles Todd

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A Long Shadow by Charles Todd
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  • Published in USA  Jan 2006
    352 pages
    Genre: Mysteries

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New Year's Eve, 1919. Scotland Yard's Inspector Ian Rutledge has accompanied his sister to the home of mutual friends for dinner but is called away by work. On the steps outside, he finds a brass cartridge casing that is seemingly identical to the countless others he'd seen during the war he still cannot forget. But this one has an engraving in the metal. Curious, he pockets it. Soon he finds another -- in a most unexpected place.

These cartridge casings seem to point to unfinished business involving the war. A man with a dark secret, Rutledge already walks on the edge of sanity. Now someone is hunting him. But who? And will Rutledge live long enough to discover why?

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"Starred Review. Todd's excellent eighth psychological whodunit to feature the insightful but haunted Insp. Ian Rutledge." - PW.
"Excels at intricate relationships among characters...Another winning story." - Library Journal. "A Long Shadow is not an outstanding novel, but it is readable, serious, admirably haunted." - Washington Post

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Charles Todd Author Biography

Charles and Caroline Todd are a mother-and-son writing team who live on the east coast of the United States. Caroline has a BA in English Literature and History, and a Masters in International Relations. Charles has a BA in Communication Studies with an emphasis on Business Management, and a culinary arts degree that means he can boil more than water. Caroline has been married (to the same man) for umpteen years, and Charles is divorced.

Charles and Caroline have a rich storytelling heritage. Both spent many evenings on the porch listening to their fathers and grandfathers reminisce. And a maternal grandmother told marvelous ghost stories. This tradition allows them to write with passion about events before their own time. And an uncle/great-uncle who served as a flyer...

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