Proof Of Guilt: An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery

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Proof Of Guilt: An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery

by Charles Todd

HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS | January 21, 2013 | Trade Paperback

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Rutledge is called to the scene of what appears to be a man run down by a motorcar. But the evidence points to murder. Who is the victim? And where was he killed? One small clue leads the Inspector to a firm built by two families, famous for producing and selling the best Madeira wine in the world. Lewis French, the current head of the English enterprise is missing-but is he the dead man? As Rutledge meets the clerk who runs the London office and the missing man''s sister who is awaiting the arrival of Matthew Trayner, the other partner, a cousin who heads the Madeira office, he also finds two women-one jilted by the missing man and the other presently engaged to him. But where there is suspicion and circumstantial evidence, there is no proof of guilt. Even when an arrest is made, Rutledge is unsatisfied, finding a link to an incident in the family''s past that the new Acting Chief Superintendent feels is not relevant but he believes is vital to the inquiry. In fact, the ACS wants to blame one of the women, and as he goes on a witch hunt, there is even the possibility that a feud between the partners has led to murder. As Rutledge continues to search for proof of guilt, he finds that he''s too close to the truth and that someone has decided that he must die so that justice can take its course.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 352 pages, 9.13 × 6 × 0.92 in

Published: January 21, 2013

Publisher: HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0062250264

ISBN - 13: 9780062250261

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Proof Of Guilt: An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery

by Charles Todd

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 352 pages, 9.13 × 6 × 0.92 in

Published: January 21, 2013

Publisher: HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0062250264

ISBN - 13: 9780062250261

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Rutledge is called to the scene of what appears to be a man run down by a motorcar. But the evidence points to murder. Who is the victim? And where was he killed? One small clue leads the Inspector to a firm built by two families, famous for producing and selling the best Madeira wine in the world. Lewis French, the current head of the English enterprise is missing-but is he the dead man? As Rutledge meets the clerk who runs the London office and the missing man''s sister who is awaiting the arrival of Matthew Trayner, the other partner, a cousin who heads the Madeira office, he also finds two women-one jilted by the missing man and the other presently engaged to him. But where there is suspicion and circumstantial evidence, there is no proof of guilt. Even when an arrest is made, Rutledge is unsatisfied, finding a link to an incident in the family''s past that the new Acting Chief Superintendent feels is not relevant but he believes is vital to the inquiry. In fact, the ACS wants to blame one of the women, and as he goes on a witch hunt, there is even the possibility that a feud between the partners has led to murder. As Rutledge continues to search for proof of guilt, he finds that he''s too close to the truth and that someone has decided that he must die so that justice can take its course.

About the Author

Charles Todd is actually a pen name for Caroline and Charles Todd, a mother and son American writing team. Caroline lives in North Carolina and Charles lives in Delaware. They are best known for a series of novels set in post World War I England. A Test of Wills is a British mystery novel about a former soldier turned Scotland Yard detective who deals with psychological fallout following World War I. A Test of Wills was named a New York Times Notable Book. The main character, Inspector Ian Rutledge, suffers from the recurring delusions of one of his men on the field, Hamish MacLeod, whom Rutledge was forced to execute in battle. In 2011 the 13th book in this series will be published.
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