A Test of Wills: The First Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery

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Harper Collins, Oct 13, 2009 - Fiction - 320 pages

“Todd has written a first novel that speaks out, urgently and compassionately, for a long-dead generation….A meticulously wrought puzzle.”
—New York Times Book Review

“An intricately plotted mystery. With this remarkable debut, Charles Todd breaks new ground in the historical crime novel.”
—Peter Lovesey, author of The Circle

“You’re going to love Todd.”
—Stephen King, Entertainment Weekly

The first novel to feature war-damaged Scotland Yard inspector Ian Rutledge, A Test of Wills is the book that brought author Charles Todd into the spotlight. This EdgarŽ and Anthony Award-nominated, New York Times Notable mystery brilliantly evokes post-World War I Great Britain and introduces readers to one of crime fiction’s most compelling series protagonists. Here the shell-shocked Rutledge struggles to retain his fragile grip on sanity while investigating the death of a popular army colonel, murdered, it appears, by a decorated war hero with ties to the Royal Family. A phenomenal writer, a twisting puzzle, a character-rich re-creation of an extraordinary time and place…it all adds up to one exceptional read that will delight fans of Elizabeth George, Martha Grimes, Jacqueline Winspear, Ruth Rendell, and other masters of the British procedural.

 

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User Review  - stephanie_M - LibraryThing

A very compelling mystery novel. Charles Todd's 'A Test of Wills' is a good, old fashioned mystery. Todd's story features a dogged detective, a brutal killing, numerous suspects, and suspect witnesses ... Read full review

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User Review  - ladyoflorien - LibraryThing

I really enjoyed this novel. It is set just after WWI and shell shocked Inspector Ian Rutledge is sent to solve a murder. I liked how the author pulled you into Rutledge's personal struggle and his struggle to get back his skills as an investigator. I highly recommend giving this a read. Read full review

Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
17
Section 3
39
Section 4
58
Section 5
75
Section 6
92
Section 7
108
Section 8
125
Section 12
184
Section 13
193
Section 14
208
Section 15
224
Section 16
237
Section 17
248
Section 18
260
Section 19
277

Section 9
140
Section 10
157
Section 11
174
Section 20
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About the author (2009)

Charles Todd is the New York Times bestselling author of the Inspector Ian Rutledge mysteries, the Bess Crawford mysteries, and two stand-alone novels. A mother-and-son writing team, they live on the East Coast.

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