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A Long Shadow (Ian Rutledge Mystery) Mass Market Paperback – 4 Jan 2007

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Reprint edition (4 Jan. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060786728
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060786724
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.3 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 587,450 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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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.

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By prisrob TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 11 Feb. 2006
Format: Hardcover
"I don't want you to die," she said bluntly. "I've seen enough of death and destruction. I want to hold my séances and bring back dead kings and silly jesters and the ghost of Hamlet's father. There is no harm in that and it makes people laugh. And, it keeps my mind from dwelling on what it should not be remembering. You were the soldier, Inspector but I put soldiers back together. Or tried to help others do that. I don't know which is worse."
In the New Year of 1919, Scotland Yard's Inspector Rutledge has gone to a dinner party with his sister. While there he finds a spent brass cartridge casing as he is leaving the party to answer an emergent call. Then a while later he finds another. What do these spent cartridges foretell, and why do we care?
Inspector Rutledge is sent by his superiors to a tiny hamlet called Dudlington. He is to investigate the attempted murder of an ex-inspector Hensley. As he arrives Inspector Rutledge feels an odd aura that he suspects is a fore warning of what is to come. The hamlet is suspicious of this Scotland Yard man and is not as welcoming as they could be. But as events unfold Inspector Ian Rutledge makes a name for himself, and the towns people begin to believe that maybe this man can solve some of the mysteries that have just begun. A young girl is missing and their Constable attacked. A Mrs Charlston, a soldier who had misfortunes, a pub owner and others who all come into play and Inspector Ian Rutledge will put the clues all together, and then find out who may be stalking him.
Charles Todd is the mother/son team of Charles and Caroline Todd. Inspector Rutledge mysteries are set in post World War I England. "A Long Shadow" is the eighth novel for this team.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Detra Fitch VINE VOICE on 3 Jan. 2006
Format: Hardcover
Set in the year 1919. Scotland Yard detective Ian Rutledge spent four years fighting in the Great War. Now he is back to being a dedicated investigator. But it seems that someone has targeted Ian for a game of cat and mouse. Someone follows Ian, leaving brass machine gun cartridge casings, with interesting designs etched upon them, where he is sure to find them. Ian, knowing that his stalker seems to holding his leash, finds his resolve actually shaking.
Ian's investigation of a constable's death makes him the outsider this time around. Locals want nothing to do with him, except for one young lady who claims to be a psychic.
**** This is the eighth Inspector Ian Rutledge novel and probably the best yet, in my opinion. Only the prior novel, "A Cold Treachery", can come close to claiming the spot as my favorite story within this series. A bit long winded at times, but very good reading. ****
Reviewed by Detra Fitch of Huntress Reviews.
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By Blue in Washington TOP 500 REVIEWERTOP 1000 REVIEWER on 12 April 2012
Format: Paperback
I enjoyed "A Long Shadow" for much the same reasons I liked a couple of the earlier books in the series. The writing has a flow to it that sucks the reader in and invites interest and sympathy for the characters. Even when the story turns in the direction of the banal--and it does happen from time to time--the tone is still intelligent, within the realm of logic and appropriate. The "banality of evil" is a respectable and time honored theme in many mysteries and general fiction, and I'm not really complaining much about that device. In any event, "A Long Shadow" follows the series' template in that way albeit with an ending that is somewhat murkier than it could be.

I have to agree with a couple of other reviewers who have complained about the role of Hamish--protagonist Ian Rutledge's subconscious companion. In any series, continuing characters need to show some kind of growth, positive or negative, to remain interesting. Hamish is pretty much the same guy he has been from the start, though in this book he comes up with the rather original (for a ghost) plaint--"I don't want to die (again)". But overall, his character doesn't add much to the story here.

The character growth question applies to the principal character, Rutledge, as well. After eight (and more) books, where is he headed? Toward some kind of healing? A normal relationship? Professional advancement?

The authors of these books are well up to taking their characters to new and more interesting levels, and I hope they will.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sm Cresswell on 15 Nov. 2013
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I was amazed to find that this book's author Charles Todd is actually a mother and son writing team from America. This is a well written interesting tale but definitely feels very English. The plot is unusual, unpredictable but all the better for that. Well worth a try!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jean Naysmith on 14 Jan. 2014
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I've read several books in this series and I would recommend anybody to try, the storytelling is really good and apart from a minor detail regarding sterling accuracy very good, the attention to World War 1 and pre and after years is fascinating, keeps you interested.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nanz on 16 April 2014
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Although this is an easy and interesting read it is not quite a page turner. Delivered in the time and condition stated.
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