Likable Inspector Ian Rutledge copes with WW I PTSD while solving a string of murders. I'm pretty sure people who like mysteries would like this one.
Another well written tale, despite a few quibbles: as in previous books, when does Rutledge sleep? ...and he seems to drive all over England at the drop of a hat. This story was sad because of the circumstances of the victim's families, many of whom were left without a means to continue their lives as they used to. Lastly there is a subplot about an old murder Rutledge becomes interested in that is wrapped up by the most outlandish coincidence in any of the Rutledge books (and there have been a few doosies.). I took one star off my rating just for that.
There were a lot of murders and a lot of charachters to follow in this story. I felt things got rushed to resolution in the end and the love story sub-plots were not well drawn. We know Rutledge is a stoical survivor whose supervisors are vindictive and petty. This is not one of Todd's best novels.
Hamish - look at him as one of a myriad of symptoms that occur for veterans of foreign wars - maybe better understand their plight and be less apt to send our young people off to war..
Ian Rutledge goes to Surrey to investigate a death by garroting, which is followed in rapid succession by two more. With a serial killer on the loose, someone leaving no clues, and the usual politics between Scotland Yard and the local police, this is a satisfying mystery on many levels. And, if one set of killings isn't enough, his just retired boss Cummins laments the one case he never solved. Can Rutledge help him out on that, too?
Rutledge is a character you need to know. His psyche is scarred by WWI and his old comrade Hamish is never far away. Fascinating.
It's critically acclaimed, but for some reason the characters just don't come alive for me. (understandable in Hamish's case, since he's a symptom of post-traumatic stress disorder and not a real character, but I think he's just depressing.)
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