A dangerous case with ties leading back to the battlefields
of World War I dredges up dark memories for Scotland Yard inspector Ian
Rutledge in this gripping and atmospheric mystery set in 1920s
England from New York Times bestselling author Charles Todd
A society wedding at Ely Cathedral in Cambridgeshire becomes
a crime scene when a man is murdered. After another body is found, the baffled
local constabulary turns to Scotland Yard. Though the second crime had a
witness, her description of the killer is so strange it’s unbelievable.
Despite his experience, Inspector Ian Rutledge has few
answers of his own. The victims are so different that there seems no rhyme or
reason to their deaths. Nothing logically connects them—except the
killer. As the investigation widens, a clear suspect emerges. But for Rutledge,
the facts still don’t add up, leaving him to question his own judgment.
In going over the details of the case, Rutledge is reminded
of a dark episode he witnessed in the war. While the memory could lead him to
the truth, it also raises a prickly dilemma. To stop a murderer, will the
ethical detective choose to follow the letter—or the spirit—of the law?
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