Hunting Shadows

Hunting Shadows

An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery

Book - 2014
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"A man is murdered at a society wedding held at Ely Cathedral, and the local police are mystified. In the end, they send for Scotland Yard, but not before another man is killed. This time, there's a witness, but her description of the killer is so strange that no one believes her. So it's Scotland Yard Inspector Ian Rutledge's task to find out who the murderer is and why he has set out on this killing spree, because there is another death, and the three victims are so different that there is no rhyme or reason to their deaths. Nothing logically can connect them. Even as Rutledge begins to close in on the perpetrator, he finds himself doubting his own judgment because the facts are contradictory. It isn't until the fourth murder that something Rutledge witnessed in the war gives him the key and brings back an episode he has tried to forget. But that leaves him with a moral dilemma with only one solution. Will he follow the letter - or the spirit - of the law?"
Publisher: New York : William Morrow, 2014
ISBN: 9780062237187
0062237187
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY TODD...C
Characteristics: 330 pages ; 24 cm

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WhidbeyIslander
Aug 09, 2017

As usual the writing carries you along. But maybe Rutledge (and the Todds) should get more sleep, because after finishing the book there were some head-scratching moments for me. Again a whopping co-incidence makes it seem fairly implausible that the reason behind the killings should have happened. Still enjoyed reading, but was disappointed at the end.

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readerpat
Jan 30, 2016

I did not enjoy this as much as his other novels. Too many characters to keep track of and a confusing ending. I also did not like Hamish the dead soldier that keeps talking to him

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jujubear3
Mar 14, 2014

pg57

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jazpur
Feb 22, 2014

I am partial to the Inspector Ian Rutledge series. This latest was of the usual high standard.The moral dilemmas were well rationalized and I never cease to be amazed at the descriptions of the weather in Britain from these american authors.The smell of wet wool is redolent of the time when synthetic fibres like polypropylene and thermal underwear had not been invented.I hope the next episode will not be too long in coming.

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maipenrai
Feb 20, 2014

*** 1/2 stars. Ian Rutledge Mystery # 16. A dangerous case with ties leading back to the battlefields of World War I dredges up dark memories for Scotland Yard Inspector Ian Rutledge. A society wedding at Ely Cathedral in Cambridgeshire becomes a crime scene when a man is murdered. After a politician is shot as he begins a speech in a local square, the baffled local constabulary turns to Scotland Yard. Both men have been killed at long range with a rifle. Though the second crime has a witness, her description of the killer is so strange its unbelievable. Then a local farmer is wounded by a rifle shot. The victims are so different that there is no rhyme or reason to their deaths. Nothing logically seems to connect them except the killer. As the investigation widens, a clear suspect emerges. But for Rutledge, the facts still don?t add up, leaving him to question his own judgment. **** I really like this series. Mr. Todd has created a believable, complicated, admirable character in Rutledge. In addition he produces complicated mysteries that often leave the reader as perplexed as the protagonist until the final clue falls into place. I have read all the books in the series and, as always, I recommend that you start from the beginning with " A Test of Wills" so you can follow the development of the protagonist over time. Rutledge struggles continuously with "shell shock" and the brutality and horrible decisions of war. In this case it is World War I, but it could be any war, anywhere. Highly recommend the book and the series!!

bookfanatic1979 Feb 13, 2014

Another enjoyable entry in this series. Multiple plot twists, believable red herrings, and a bittersweet ending. Excellent read.

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