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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.
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.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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 20 days ago by Kate Anderson
Enjoyed this very much!! Can't wait to read more of the series.Published 4 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 7 months ago by Kristina
Just love the inspector...looking forward to read the rest...interesting plotPublished 9 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 14 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
This first novel's premise is promising - WWI veteran returns to solving crimes, carrying a heavy burden (shellshock) but possibly capable of new insights, too. Read morePublished on May 29 2003