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Having just returned from France after World War I with a medal of honor and serious shell shock, Inspector Ian Rutledge struggles to settle back into his duties at Scotland Yard. When, despite his tenuous condition, an envious supervisor assigns him to a traumatic case involving the murder of an army colonel and a young captain as the prime suspect, Rutledge must gather all of his strength to not only solve the case, but fight the town people's prejudice against military personnel. To make matters worse, the prime witness is another veteran--on the brink of insanity--scorned by the villagers for what they perceive to have been less than honorable conduct during his tour of duty. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Inspector Ian Rutledge, a British veteran of the Great War secretly still suffering from shell-shock, returns to his Scotland Yard job in hopes of exorcizing his private demons. However, a devious higher-up has learned of his Achilles heel and gets Ian assigned to a potentially explosive and career-damaging case?a murder involving a decorated war hero, a beautiful ward, and a shell-shocked witness. Strong, elegant prose; detailed surroundings; and sound plotting characterize this debut historical?the first in a projected series. Highly recommended.
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Todd's interest is in the effect of the war on the individual and society as played out in the homicide career of Ian Rutledge. The over-riding story arc involves Rutledge's antagonist at Scotland Yard who is trying to set Rutledge up for a fall. This is not a spoiler because it is revealed very early in the book. This specific story is about the murder of a local landowner who seemed to have no enemies, although he had recently quarreled with his ward's fiance, a war hero high in the esteem of the nation and the Royal Family. This political hot potato is tossed to Rutledge to resolve. Failure could mean the end of his career. Success could mean the end of his career.
For those who think that the sexual frankness of some of the characters in this book is out of period, they need to look at the social history of the time rather than what one thinks the social history is. Remember Lady Chatterley's Lover and the Well of Loneliness were both published in this decade. And even though both of the books were pronounced obscene, they were still gobbled up by the reading public.
Although his prose is at times gothic and overwrought, Todd also floats some very interesting ideas. The series clearly, at this stage at least is worth following.
I thought the character of Inspector Ian Rutledge was very well drawn; I was really able to sympathize with his struggle with shell shock, self-doubt and lost love. Although his shell shock contributed a lot to how he dealt with the murder case, it didn't distract from the mystery. His shell shock manifests as the voice of Hamish, a soldier under his command, who Rutledge had shot for desertion on the front in France. Some of Hamish's comments were obscure, but I didn't think he got in the way.
The story held me in a pretty good grip, accelerating to the end. It was hard to put down in the last several chapters. All in all, very well done, and I think deserving of a spot on the top 100 mysteries.
Ian Rutledge is back at work after five years at the front. But what not many know is that he is suffering from shell shock and he hears voices. Or rather he hears voices of one particular man that he knew from the war. A man that never got home alive and he feels guilty about it. But he still tries to do a good job, despite the fact that he suffering from shell shock.
<em>In this, the first book is he sent to deal with the murder of well-liked Colonel Charles Harris who was shot while he was out riding in the morning. He was seen by the house staff arguing with Mark Wilton, the main suspect on the day before. Mark Wilton is also the Colonels wards fiance and Charles and Mark are good friends. There is no evidence that Mark is the killer and the only man that says that he saw the two men together arguing on the day the Colonel died is a man suffering from shell shock. That disturbs Ian Rutledge who starts to suspect that someone at Scotland Yard knows about is affliction and that he was given this case so that he would fail.</em>
This is the kind of book that takes awhile to get into. You don't know that much about Ian Rutledge, but clues about him, about his time in the war and what happen to him, is revealed throughout the book. In the end I came to like him very much, he is a man that been through hell, that is trying to get back to the life he had before the war, but it's hard.Read more ›
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The least of these books is still great for the thoughtful mystery reader.Published 1 month ago by James A. Love
A particularly interesting look at PTSD. A mystery set just after the First World War. A few unusual characters. These elements add up to an enjoyable book.Published 3 months ago by Kate Anderson
Enjoyed this very much!! Can't wait to read more of the series.Published 6 months ago by Wendy Carol Hollands
Clearly written by American authors. This book is filled with North American colloquialisms, and not enough to pass off as the "Queens English". Read morePublished 10 months ago by Kristina
Just love the inspector...looking forward to read the rest...interesting plotPublished 11 months ago by Sasa
Ordered this because I had stupidly given my copy away, read it again and loved it just as much the second time. Dark, but interesting and absorbing.Published 17 months ago by Oldie Goldie
This was the first time I have read an Ian Rutledge mystery, and I am hooked! Will continue to follow his career. Read morePublished on Oct. 27 2013 by jaywalker