The introspective hero of wings of Fire and A Test of Wills
(Edgar Award nominee) return in a provocative new mystery.
Inspector Ian Rutledge, haunted by memories of World War I and the
harrowing presence of Hamish, a dead soldier, is "a superb
characterization of a man whose wounds have made him a stranger i
his own land." (The New York Times Book Review)
A dead woman two missing children bring Inspector Rutledge to the
lovely Dorset town of Singeton Magna, where the truth lies buried
with the dead. A tormented veteran whose family died in an enemy
bombing is the chief suspect. Dubious, Rutledge presses on to find
the real killer. And when another body is found in the rich Dorset
earth, his quest reaches into the secret lives of villagers and
Londoners whose privileged positions and private passions give them
every reason to thwart him. Someone is protecting a murderer. And
two children are out there, somewhere, the dark...