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A Long Shadow : An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery

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"Seamless in its storytelling and enthralling in its plotting."
-Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel

"Dark and remarkable....Once [Todd] grabs you, there's no putting the novel down."
-Detroit Free Press

The Winston-Salem Journal declares that, "like P. D. James and Ruth Rendell, Charles Todd writes novels that transcend genre." A Long Shadow proves that statement true beyond the shadow of a doubt. Once again featuring Todd's extraordinary protagonist, Scotland Yard investigator and shell-shocked World War One veteran, Inspector Ian Rutledge, A Long Shadow immerses readers in the sights and sounds of post-war Great Britain, as the damaged policeman pursues answers to a constable's slaying and the three-year-old mystery of a young girl's disappearance in a tiny Northamptonshire village. Read Todd's A Long Shadow and see why the Washington Post calls the Rutledge crime novels, "one of the best historical series being written today."
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Product details

  • Paperback | 368 pages
  • 135 x 203 x 21mm | 281g
  • William Morrow Paperbacks
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0061208515
  • 9780061208515
  • 256,304

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Scotland Yard's Inspector Ian Rutledge brought the Great War home with him, and its horrors haunt him still. On New Year's Eve 1919, he finds a brass cartridge casing, similar to countless others he'd seen on the battlefield, on the steps of a friend's house. Soon there are more, purposely placed where he is sure to discover them.

Unexpectedly drawn away from London to a small Northamptonshire village, he investigates the strange case of a local constable shot with a bow and arrow in an allegedly spirit-infested wood. Here among the taciturn townsfolk, embroiled in a three-year-old mystery of a vanished young girl, Rutledge hopes to keep his own ghosts at bay.

But his stalker has followed him. And now the emotionally shattered policeman walking the razor's edge of sanity must somehow keep his balance long enough to discover who is tracking him...and why.
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"Excels at intricate relationships among characters....Another winning story." -- Library Journal "Riveting historical mystery." -- Romantic Times "Incisive as ever." -- Kirkus Reviews "A daunting portrait of a town that keeps its thoughts, its troubles and most of all its secrets to itself." -- New York Times Book Review "[A] remarkable series....Keeps readers on the edge right up to the stunning end." -- Detroit Free Press "Atmosphere aplenty." -- Charlotte Observer "Evocative." -- Cleveland Plain Dealer
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About Charles Todd

Charles Todd is the New York Times bestselling author of the Inspector Ian Rutledge mysteries, the Bess Crawford mysteries, and two stand-alone novels. Among the honors accorded to the Ian Rutledge mysteries are the Barry Award and nominations for the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association's Dilys Award, the Edgar and Anthony Awards in the U.S., and the John Creasey Award in the UK. A mother-and-son writing team, they live on the East Coast.
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