Book 18.0 of Inspector Ian Rutledge
Literature & Fiction
Mystery & Crime
Thriller & Suspense
Published: Feb 16, 2016
In this absorbing new entry in the acclaimed New York Times bestselling series, Scotland Yard’s Ian Rutledge is caught up in a twisted web of vengeance and murder.
On the north coast of Cornwall, an apparent act of mercy is repaid by an arrest for murder. Four young women have been accused of the crime. A shocked father calls in a favor at the Home Office. Scotland Yard is asked to review the case.
However, Inspector Ian Rutledge is not the first Inspector to reach the village. Following in the shoes of a dead man, he is told the case is all but closed. Even as it takes an unexpected personal turn, Rutledge will require all his skill to deal with the incensed families of the accused, the grieving parents of the victim, and local police eager to see these four women sent to the infamous Bodmin Gaol. Then why hasn’t the killing stopped?
With no shred of evidence to clear the accused, Rutledge must plunge deep into the darkest secrets of a wild, beautiful and dangerous place if he is to find a killer who may—or may not—hold the key to their fate.
In Cornwall, four women out boating see a man in another boat that appears to be sinking. In the rescue, Harry Saunders is gravely injured, and a witness accuses the women of attempted murder. They are placed under house arrest, and a very reluctant Ian Rutledge is sent to Padstow, where he is informed that the investigation is all but closed.
With the victim in a coma, there is no one to refute the witness. Rutledge’s inquiry takes an unexpected personal turn when he discovers that one of the accused is none other than the cousin of the woman he had intended to marry in 1914. And then another person is savagely attacked—but with the suspects in custody, why hasn’t the killing stopped?
Rutledge will require all his skill to deal with the families of those involved, the local police, and his own painful memories, if he is to find a killer who may—or may not—hold the key to their fate.
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.