A Lonely Death

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A Lonely Death

An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery

It's 1920, just after the end of WWI, and Ian Rutledge, Inspector for Scotland Yard and shell shocked veteran, is put on a multiple murder case in Sussex. Throughout the book, the references to the war and its after effects are compelling. The fact that Ian does everything "right," while thinking himself broken and barely functional, is believable and it's understood that he needs his job at the Yard in order to maintain his fragile grip on reality.

There is just enough backstory to make you feel that the view we have is real, it doesn't feel force fed. We learn of Ian's life in an organic way, through his interactions as well as through his constant companion, Hamish. Hamish is the sole survivor of a corp of soldiers Ian led during a particularly bad battle during the war.

The political battles within the Yard, as well as the multiple plot lines, held my attention and made this a hard book to put down. Ian is a very likable character, one I rooted for and wished had had a better past.

Well done.

Book Blurb for A Lonely Death

Scotland Yard detective Ian Rutledge returns to solve his most exciting and shocking case yet in this latest entry in the bestselling series hailed as "outstanding" by the New York Times Book Review

A breathtaking blend of psychological complexity, haunting atmosphere, compelling twists, and impressive detail, the novels in the Ian Rutledge mystery series have garnered their author widespread acclaim and numerous honors and awards. At the heart of the series is the compelling Scotland Yard detective inspector Ian Rutledge, a veteran of the Great War who understands all too well the darkness that lies within men's souls.

Now three men have been murdered in a Sussex village, and Scotland Yard has been called in. It's a baffling case. The victims are soldiers who survived the horrors of World War I only to meet a ghastly end in the quiet English countryside two years later. Each had been garroted, with small ID discs left in their mouths.

But even Scotland Yard's presence doesn't deter this vicious and clever killer. Shortly after Inspector Ian Rutledge arrives, a fourth soldier is found dead. With few clues to go on and the pressure building, Rutledge must gamble everything—his job, his reputation, and even his life—to find answers.

Night Owl Reviews Feb, 2011 4.50