Search the Dark: An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery by Charles ToddSearch the Dark: An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery by Charles Todd

Search the Dark: An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery

byCharles Todd

Mass Market Paperback | May 15, 2000

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The introspective hero of Wings of Fire and A Test of Wills (Edgar Award nominee) returns in Search the Dark, a provocative new mystery by Charles Todd. 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 in his own land." (The New York Times Book Review)

A dead woman and two missing children bring Inspector Rutledge to the lovely Dorset town of Singleton 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, in the dark....

Charles Todd lives on America's East Coast, but he knows England well. Intrigued by puzzles in the human spirit, he is the author of the critically acclaimed Inspector Ian Rutledge series, including A Test of Wills, Wings of Fire, and Search the Dark.
Title:Search the Dark: An Inspector Ian Rutledge MysteryFormat:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 6.84 × 4.13 × 0.92 inPublished:May 15, 2000Publisher:St. Martin's PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0312971281

ISBN - 13:9780312971281

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another excellent book Book #3 in the Scotland Yard Insp. Rutledge series and there's more insight into just how badly he is suffering after the War. Still struggling with the voice of Hamish in his head (the soldier he had shot for cowardice on the front) the Insp. has to sort out just who the murderer is and how the deaths of two women who didn't know each other are related while dealing with the local Insp. Hildebrand who resents his being involved. And who exactly are the two murdered women, no one can seem to positively identify them and is the man being held in jail really the murderer (Rutledge is not sure that he is but everyone else thinks so)? And are there really missing children? An involved plot with complex characters interwoven and all suspecting each other....who is the murderer and what was the motive? And still not too much on why Chief Supt. Bowles (Rutledge's boss) dislikes him so much. Charles Todd has me hooked on Insp. Rutledge.
Date published: 2016-12-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Suspense and mystery at their peak again Inspector Ian Rutledge is sent from Scotland Yard to find a solution to a difficult case - ostensibly to find two missing children, Rutledge again finds himself battling the demons he brought back from the War, including his personal and resident ghost, and faced with unexplained bodies requiring his particular skills to solve the suspense surrounding them
Date published: 2016-05-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Todd has done it again......a wonderful whodunit set against the background of the hellish results of war.
Date published: 2014-12-21

From Our Editors

A classic "village mystery," Search The Dark by Charles Todd features the further adventures of Ian Rutledge. Set in post-Second World War England, a brain-damaged veteran returns to his village to be told that his wife and children were killed during a blitz. The veteran insists he keeps spotting members of his family, but nobody believes him. However, after a mysterious body is found on a train platform, Inspector Rutledge is moved to take on the case. Todd was nominated for an Edgar Award for his first book A Test Of Wills.

Editorial Reviews

"Todd's Ian Rutledge mysteries are among the most intelligent and affective being written these days." -The Washington Post Book World

"Evocative...An absorbing mystery." -The Orlando Sentinel

"[A] profound and insightful rendering of a Britain between the wars." -The Hartford Courant