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The Confession: An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery Hardcover – Dec 28 2011

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 350 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow; Reprint edition (Dec 28 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062015664
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062015662
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.9 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 499 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #434,508 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“There’s both a pattern and a purpose to the superb historical mysteries produced by mother-and-son writing partners known as Charles Todd.” (New York Times Book Review on The Confession)

“Todd’s excellent 14th mystery featuring Insp. Ian Rutledge offers an intriguing setup.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review) on The Confession)

“Todd serves up plenty of period detail and plot twists, but the real attraction here is Rutledge, a shrewd, dedicated detective grappling with the demons of his past.” (Booklist on The Confession)

“Todd’s masterful storytelling skills shine.” (Romantic Times on The Confession)

“As with any good mystery, the tension ramps up as the story progresses, pulling more and more characters into the fray, weaving three murders flawlessly into a tight tale. Mr. Todd’s characterization is his strength.” (New York Journal of Books on The Confession)

“Another excellent Inspector Ian Rutledge mystery....You follow a twisting road when you read this book. You won’t soon forget your trip to Furnham and the people who may not be who they seem to be.” (Suspense Magazine on The Confession)

“Todd once and for all establishes the shell-shocked Rutledge as the genre’s most complex and fascinating detective.” (Entertainment Weekly, on A LONELY DEATH (Grade: A-))

“Todd invests this absorbing fiction with creative storytelling (including intriguing subplots), memorable characters and graceful, seemingly effortless prose….This is fiction that moves, entertains, and as always, underscores life’s victories over death.” (Richmond Times-Dispatch on A Lonely Death)

“Another engaging entry in a fine series.” (Booklist on A Lonely Death)

“A strong entry in a strong series.” (Charlotte Observer on A Lonely Death)

“[The authors’] subtle prose and profound empathy for all their characters enhance a suspenseful and twisty plot.” (Publishers Weekly on A Lonely Death)

“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 on A Lonely Death)

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Scotland Yard’s best detective, Inspector Ian Rutledge, must solve a dangerous case that reaches far into the past in this superb mystery in the acclaimed series

Declaring he needs to clear his conscience, a dying man walks into Scotland Yard and confesses that he killed his cousin five years earlier during the Great War. When Inspector Ian Rutledge presses for details, the man evades his questions, revealing only that he hails from a village east of London. With little information and no body to open an official inquiry, Rutledge begins to look into the case on his own.

Less than two weeks later, the alleged killer’s body is found floating in the Thames, a bullet in the back of his head. Searching for answers, Rutledge discovers that the dead man was not who he claimed to be. What was his real name—and who put a bullet in his head? Were the “confession” and his own death related? Or was there something else in the victim’s past that led to his murder?

The inspector’s only clue is a gold locket, found around the dead man’s neck, that leads back to Essex and an insular village whose occupants will do anything to protect themselves from notoriety. For notoriety brings the curious, and with the curious come change and an unwelcome spotlight on a centuries-old act of evil that even now can damn them all.

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Format: Hardcover
First Sentence: the body rolled in the current gently, as if still alive.

It is not ever day Inspector Ian Rutledge has a man walk into his office at Scotland Yard and confess to a murder five years previous. The man is reluctant to provide details but Ian does learn he's from a village east of London. Still a murder confession is still a murder and Ian begins unofficially looking into the matter. Things take a turn when the confessor turn up murdered two weeks later. A gold locket leads Rutledge to a village in Essex where it is clear strangers are unwelcome. Far from a straight-forward murder, Ian must go into the past to solve crimes of the present.

Once again I find a book whose beginning contains a completely unnecessary and annoying portent. Even so, I found I was quickly drawn into the puzzle of both a man and a place. Something Todd does very well is provide background on Rutledge for new readers, but in a concise way so as not to bog down those who have been following the series.

I take exception to those who are tired of the Hamish-aspect of Rutledge. On the contrary, I believe it gives verisimilitude to the series and the period in which they are set. Post-traumatic stress was not yet known, yet shell-shock was, and usually treated as something one simply had to 'get over.' Seeing Rutledge struggle with it while do his job and try to appear 'normal,' is a fascinating element of Rutledge's character.

Having an author educate me, as well as entertain me, is something I admire. Todd informed me of a period and even the time and events which lead to it. The plot twists are very well executed and keep you off balance. The story within the story is fascinating.
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It's always an all-night read when one of my favorite characters returns in a new adventure, and that was the case with The Confession, the 14th in the estimable Ian Rutledge series penned by Charles Todd, an unflagging mother/son team who entertain not only with this series but also with another featuring army nurse Bess Crawford.

With the Rutledge series readers enjoy two affecting characters as the detective is accompanied by the ghostly voice of his friend, Hamish Macleod, who died in the war. Rutledge needs all the help he can get in this complex, ultimately rewarding thriller.

It's not often that a man walks into Scotland Yard to confess to a five year old murder in order to clear his conscience. He gives his name as Wyatt Russell and says he is dying of cancer, which seems believable for he is "a walking skeleton, pale except for his dark hair and his pain-ridden dark eyes." The man he killed was a cousin, Justin Fowler, but Russell offers no explanation for the murder.

Setting out to investigate the story on his own Rutledge drives to the man's home located by a small village, Furnham, in the Essex marshes. His arrival is greeted with hostility by villagers who do not want him there. That is puzzle enough but a short while later when Russell's body washes up from the Thames with a bullet in the back of his head Rutledge realizes there is more to the man's story than he had imagined.

More questions than answers are the result of his probing when Rutledge discovers that the dead man was not who he claimed to be. The only clue is a gold locket carrying a picture of Cynthia Farraday that the man wore around his neck.
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I have come to really enjoy the Ian Rutledge mysteries, Charles Todd really likes to keep us biting our nails but this particular book is a stand out when it comes to twisted tales. I am reluctant to give any of book away. You have to read every word, no scanning through this book, it is not just a matter of "who is the murderer?" but "who, and why, is the corpse?". This is a lot livelier than most Rutledge books and once started, needs to be kept within reach for those five minutes you might have free. It is a classic English murder mystery novel that needs to be read by everyone that enjoys this particular genre!
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Gripping yarn!
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Great story.
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