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PROOF OF GUILT
Genre: Mystery/Suspense/Thriller, Mystery, Historical
This mother/son writing team’s Inspector Ian Rutledge books are set in the period after WWI in Britain. Rutledge suffers from what we would now call PTSD, then not clearly understood. A horrifying event in the war leaves him with a voice in his head of one of his men. The pace is slowed by Rutledge’s driving from town to town to gather and interpret the truth. Excellent writing, strong characters and a complicated mystery make this book first-rate.
A body is found in London in a well-to-do neighborhood, run over by a car. The body has no identification except an unusual, expensive pocketwatch. Rutledge must first identify the victim before he can find the murderer. The watch leads to a wealthy family, selling Madeira wine. The current head of the firm is missing and the watch is his, but the body is not. The suspects are many: his fiancée, his jilted ex, his sister, the clerk of the firm. Complicat-ing Rutledge’s search is his new superintendent. Also, he is attracted to one of the suspects. When the superintendent decides on the murderer and orders an arrest, Rutledge is sure he is wrong. But can he solve the crime before he and those he loves are killed? (MORROW, Feb., 352 pp., $25.99)
Reviewed By: Page Traynor
Published: February 2013