Scotland Yard detective Ian Rutledge returns in his most exciting and shocking case yet in this latest entry in the bestselling series hailed as "outstanding" by the New York Times Book Reviews Marilyn Stasio
A breathtaking blend of psychological complexity, haunting atmosphere, compelling twists, and impressive detail, the novels in the Ian Rutledge mystery series have garnered their author, the mother and son writing team of Charles Todd, widespread acclaim, and have earned them numerous honors and awards. At the heart of the series is the compelling Scotland Yard Detective Inspector Ian Rutledge, a veteran of the Great War who understands all too well the darkness that lies within mens souls.
Now, three men have been murdered in a Sussex village, and Scotland Yard has been called in. It's a baffling case. The victims are soldiers who survived the horrors of the Great War only to meet a ghastly end in the quiet English countryside two years later. Each had been garroted, with small ID disks left in their mouths. But even Scotland Yard's presence doesnt deter this vicious and clever killer. Shortly after Inspector Ian Rutledge arrives a fourth soldier is found dead. With few clues to go on and the pressure building, Rutledge must gamble everything to find answershis job, his reputation, and even his life.
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"Todd's intriguing revenge tale will keep the reader turning the pages, but the main draw remains Rutledge, the relentless inspector haunted by the voice of a Scotsman he executed on the battlefield for disobeying an order. Highly recommended for all aficionados of British postwar historical mysteries." - Library Journal
"Another engaging entry in a fine series." - Booklist
"[The authors'] subtle prose and profound empathy for all their characters enhance a suspenseful and twisty plot." - Publishers Weekly
"Eloquently blasts war for the obscenity it is." - Kirkus Reviews
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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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