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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; Reprint edition (15 Jun. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062103229
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062103222
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2.3 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,008,064 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Unhealed scars of the Great War still torment Scotland Yard Inspector Ian Rutledge. A haunted, damaged shell of a man, he has been sent to the small coastal town of Hampton Regis to solve a violent crime and to confront his own tragic past.

An officer who served with Rutledge in the trenches of France before being sent backto England under suspicious circumstances has now been accused of savagely beatingthe husband of the woman he still loves. The suspect has taken the wife hostage, threatening to kill her and her maid unless Rutledge takes charge of the investigation.Although the case painfully mirrors Rutledge's own past and the love he lost to another man, he cannot refuse it. When the unconscious brutalized victim vanishes without a trace,it's clear that this peaceful little town hides a vicious murderer and secrets powerful enough to kill for.

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Charles Todd is the author of the Inspector Ian Rutledge mysteries, the Bess Crawford mysteries, and two stand-alone novels. A mother and son writing team, they live in Delaware and North Carolina.


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gail Cooke TOP 500 REVIEWER on 19 Feb. 2007
Format: Hardcover
Ian Rutledge, an affecting, strong, yet vulnerable hero was first introduced by the mother/son writing team of Charles Todd in A Test Of Wills. He's a Scotland Yard inspector, a veteran of the Great War now battling the effects of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Jean, his fiancee didn't wait for him, he's haunted by the voice of Corporal Hamish MacLeod whom Rutledge was compelled to kill, and beleaguered by his superior, Chief Superintendent Bowles, who seems determined to break what is left of Rutledge's spirit.

Seven novels followed the first, all tracing the tests and trials of Rutledge. Each is complexly plotted, powered by suspense, and insightful as the psychological scars of soldiers are revealed.

A False Mirror is set not long after the end of World War I. Rutledge continues to suffer with memories of the carnage and his very personal involvement. We read, ".....how could he explain what war had done to him and to so many others? How could he describe watching Hamish fall, how could he tell anyone how the man had lain there, trying to speak to him, begging for release? And how could he ever condone drawing his revolver and delivering the coup de grace, the blow of grace.....?

He is dispatched to a small community, Hampton Regis, to investigate the almost fatal assault on Matthew Hamilton. The man believed to be guilty is Stephen Mallory, a veteran who also suffers the after effects of war. He had known Rutledge during the war and there is little love lost between them. Mallory is also the man Felicity, Matthew Hamilton's wife, had loved before he went off to war. In his current state of mind would Mallory have tried to kill Hamilton in order to be with Felicity again?
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'A False Mirror' by Charles Todd was the first Inspector Ian Rutledge mystery I'd read. A New York Times Bestselling author, this series runs to twelve volumes and I'll certainly be looking to read more.

A man - Matthew Hamilton - is nearly beaten to death on the beach of the seaside town of Hampton Regis and his wife is taken hostage by his supposed assailant, one Stephen Mallory. Mallory has a whole back-story of his own with Inspector Rutledge in the trenches of France during the First World War and demands that Rutledge be sent from Scotland Yard to establish who really did attack Hamilton and, by definition, save him from the hangman's noose.

There are a number of clever twists and turns and I did not guess who the perpetrator was; I was still surprised when I did find out, not only by who it turned out to be but that I hadn't picked up on the various clues littered throughout the story - such is the cleverness of the writing.

What I enjoyed most about this book though - and I assume the same goes for others in the series - is the skillful portrayal of life in a sleepy coastal town just after WW1 and a country's changed social fabric. Certainly English society's class system appears on the surface to be as prevalent as ever - and that makes for a quaint historical perspective for twenty first century readers in itself. However, the exposure of its own fundamental flaws and permanently changed circumstances from the Edwardian Age, as well as our insights into damaged individuals as a result of catastrophic external conflict are what really sets this fine book apart.
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By Blue in Washington TOP 500 REVIEWERTOP 1000 REVIEWER on 19 Jun. 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The Inspector Ian Rutledge series has its ups and downs, but there have been some pretty good stories spawned within its boundaries. "A False Mirror" is not one of them, unfortunately. This potboiler of a murder mystery never quite takes off, relying on repetitive and tedious dialogues that barely advance the story line. The characters are unlikeable for the most part and even the protagonist, Ian Rutledge, is tiresome and unsympathetic here. His "alter ego", Hamish is mostly gratingly irrelevant.

The unlikely storyline involves the beating half to death of one resident of Hampton Regis (an English coastal village); the hostage taking of the man's wife by the victim's love rival and subsequent deaths related to the first assault. Ian 'Rutledge is brought into the case at the insistence of the hostage-taker who hates the inspector because of the relationship in the trenches in France during the recent war. There is a netful of red herrings spread throughout the story, which inches ahead in fits and starts. The authors have inserted the usual resentful colleagues, loathsome Scotland Yard Superintendent, prissy old maids and stalwart village matrons. And with the emphasis on "the usual", these characters do sound like warmed over cliches in this tale.

"A False Mirror" was written in 2007 and I'd live to believe that the Rutledge character has grown, healed, whatever since the book was published. Anyone have thoughts on that possible progress?
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I have read on Kindle 10 of the 12 Ian Rutledge novels. I CANNOT READ #2 AND #3 BECAUSE THEY ARE NOT AVAILABLE IN KINDLE FORMAT. WHY NOT?
Missing are:
Wings of Fire 1998 and Search the Dark 1999. PLEASE PUBLISH THESE IN KINDLE.

I ALSO WISH YOU COULD ALLOW US TO DOWNLOAD BOOKS IN SETS IN ONE GO SO THAT WE CAN READ THEM IN THE ORDER PUBLISHED.
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