- 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 (13 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,441,101 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
A Long Shadow (Ian Rutledge Mystery) Mass Market Paperback – 4 Jan 2007
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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.
From the Back Cover
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. See all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I really enjoy this authors books, they are a great read as is this one. Good story line with a "must read" to see what happens next about it. Read morePublished 16 months ago by A Ferguson
This dreary tale just never gives-up. It starts dark and light is unavailable. No more Rutledge for me. He can stay dormant.Published 24 months ago by acquirer
I look for more books about the character Ian Rutledge, a good yarn, and a great Inspector, more please and soonPublished on 28 May 2013 by May Webb
Having recently had Charles Todd recommended to me by a friend, have yet to find one of his books that is not interesting with many twists and turns to the plots.Published on 31 Dec. 2012 by Bea