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Genre: Mystery/Suspense/Thriller, Mystery, Historical
Todd’s masterful storytelling skills shine in the latest Ian Rutledge case. The puzzle here is intricate, but the author keeps a firm hold on the twisty narrative. As always, the aftermath of the war figures prominently, but Todd keeps things fresh by examining the war’s repercussions in unusual ways while delving deeply into the characters’ motivations.
When a dying man arrives at Scotland Yard to confess to a murder in order to clear his conscience, he is reluctant to give Rutledge any details beyond his name, the name of his victim and the fact that he’s from Essex. When the man is shot to death, Rutledge attempts to locate his home, only to discover that the victim isn’t who he claimed he was and that the villagers, with secrets of their own, are not keen on helping him sort out fact from fiction. (MORROW, Jan., 352 pp., $24.99)
Reviewed By: Donna M. Carter
Published: January 2012