A FALSE MIRROR
Todd's latest Ian Rutledge mystery is a roller-coaster ride of suspense and intrigue. His developed characters
reveal their innermost secrets and fears amid a plotline ripe with red herrings.
When a former soldier takes the woman he once loved hostage, he says he'll only surrender to Inspector Ian Rutledge. Rutledge, a British World War I vet, rushes to the estate of Matthew and Felicity Hamilton, where Felicity is a hostage of Stephen Mallory, whom she spurned when she married her husband. Mallory's suspected of beating Matthew so badly that he remains in a coma.
But Mallory claims he's innocent, and just as Rutledge seems to be getting close to the truth, there's more murder and mystery. Rutledge must use his intellect and expert detective skills to uncover the culprit(s) in this vast array of crimes. (Morrow, Jan., 384 pp., $23.95)