- Paperback: 368 pages
- Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; Reprint edition (Dec 20 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0061726206
- ISBN-13: 978-0061726200
- Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2.1 x 20.3 cm
- Shipping Weight: 272 g
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #181,711 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
A Lonely Death: An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery Paperback – Dec 20 2011
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“Masterly.” (New York Times Book Review on A Lonely Death)
“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-))
“[The authors’] subtle prose and profound empathy for all their characters enhance a suspenseful and twisty plot.” (Publishers Weekly on A Lonely Death)
“Another engaging entry in a fine series.” (Booklist 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)
“Eloquently blasts war for the obscenity it is.” (Kirkus Reviews on A Lonely Death)
“Todd’s attention to period detail, plotting and character exploration are at the forefront of the 13th Ian Rutledge Mystery….Todd and his hero are in fine form from start to finish.” (Romantic Times on A Lonely Death (4 ½ stars; Top Pick))
“A strong entry in a strong series.” (Charlotte Observer on A Lonely Death)
“Suspense filled.” (Oklahoman on A Lonely Death)
“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)
“Compelling…a provocative thriller.” (Iron Mountain Daily News on A Lonely Death)
“Fully realized characters, well-researched settings, and exquisite writing combine with a surprising and chilling solution to mark this 13th outing as a standout in Todd’s deservedly award-winning series.” (Mystery Scene on A Lonely Death)
From the Back Cover
Scotland Yard detective Ian Rutledge returns to solve his most exciting and shocking case yet in this latest entry in the bestselling series hailed as "outstanding" by the New York Times Book Review
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 widespread acclaim and 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 men's 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 World War I only to meet a ghastly end in the quiet English countryside two years later. Each had been garroted, with small ID discs left in their mouths.
But even Scotland Yard's presence doesn't 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—his job, his reputation, and even his life—to find answers.See all Product description
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Veterans of The War survived the horrors of fighting only to now be murdered in this Sussex village of Eastfield. Inspector Ian Rutledge of Scotland Yard is sent to find a killer whose mark is killing with a garrote and leaving identity disks, but not their own, in the mouths of the victims. How many more will die and might one of them be Rutledge?
The mother and son team that comprise Charles Todd write books that are intriguing police procedurals and fairly effective anti-war stories laced with fascinating history and one of the most compelling protagonists.
We learn more, in this book, about Rutledge, his war experiences and the reason for his mentally 'hearing' the persistent voice of Hamish, a soldier whose execution Rutledge ordered. We also feel his frustration at the machinations of his superior, Boyles, the pain of his relationship with Meredith and his questioning the value of his life. Rutledge is the driving force in the story with just enough back story on the secondary characters for the reader to understand their relationship to the story and each other. I particularly appreciated the rector's comment of 'I don't hold with judging my flock. I see no reason to usurp God's right.' That, alone, says a lot about the man.
The impact of war, in this case WWI, is effectively brought to bear. Todd writes a painful and effective description of the impact war has on those who fight and, by extension, their loved ones. At the same time, they comment on the naivety and ignorance of those at home regarding the conditions and experience of those who fight. Hamish makes the comment, 'What we did was to die. For naught.'
Todd takes us into the period showing, on one hand, the conveniences automobiles and telephones have brought, but still the lack of comforts we take for granted and how the accomplishments of women were dismissed, such as Sister Kerry in Australia and her advances in treating polio victims. Their descriptions make real the time and places. Their research of the period is apparent and conveyed in the syntax of speech and historical details such as children's clothing and toys, and the history of identity tags, the precursor of 'dog tags.'
At the end, however, it's the story that keeps one reading. Todd writes an excellent mystery which deals with both the brutality of murder. It is not a perfect plot--there is a thread which relied on coincidence which could have been left out, and a completely unnecessary portent'but does contain a powerful and emotional twist adding even greater depth to the character of Rutledge. Even so, there is a quality to the writing that draws me back and leaves me anxious for the next book.
A LONELY DEATH (Hist Pol Proc-Ins. Ian Rutledge-England-1920) ' VG+
Todd, Charles ' 13th in series
Wm Morrow, ©2010, ARC ' US Hardcover ISBN: 9780061726194
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