A Long Shadow

A Long Shadow

Large Print - 2006
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New Year's Eve, 1919. Scotland Yard's Inspector Ian Rutledge has accompanied his sister to the home of mutual friends for dinner but is called away by work. On the steps outside, he finds a brass cartridge casing that is seemingly identical to the countless others he'd seen during the war he still cannot forget. But this one has an engraving in the metal. Curious, he pockets it. Soon he finds another -- in a most unexpected place. These cartridge casings seem to point to unfinished business involving the war. A man with a dark secret, Rutledge already walks on the edge of sanity. Now someone is hunting him. But who? And will Rutledge live long enough to discover why? "A Long Shadow is a deeply evocative, atmospheric, and gripping novel that will keep readers hooked until the very last page.
Publisher: Waterville, Me. : Thorndike Press, 2006.
ISBN: 9780786285372
Characteristics: 536 p. ; 23 cm.


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Aug 09, 2017

This is a dip in the series. I was scratching my head at the conclusion -- and I had grown tired of Hamish way before this entry in the series. But I had to give it its stars because I actually finished it (I sometimes give up after a few chapters on books that aren't well written or interesting.) If you haven't read the previous book you won't understand the references to the woman in Westmoreland, although that's not a deal breaker. The motive for the killings is pretty silly and the sub-plot about the bullet casings is a stretch, and leaves some questions. Again, the details about life in the village brings it to life (more maps, please, as in Cold Treachery.)

The plot in this series is always interesting. The writing style is a unpretentious and characters are complex enough to engage us from novel to novel. This particular story took the focus off the jealous boss but still hints at the scheming going on in London police post WWI. One always comes away with a new insight. This novel exposes the trauma of the common soldier who knew from the trenches that their leadership was inept and callous to the loss of life going on in France.

Apr 10, 2007

Inspector Ian Rutledge is back in a mystery that includes the usual assortment of deliberately misunderstanding set of characters in a unfriendly English village. After the constable is shot with a bow and arrow in a haunted wood, Rutledge is sent to Dudlington to investigate and finds himself on the receiving end of a wary village when he uncovers the suspicious disappearance of a young girl that no one wants to talk about. As he digs further into the history of all concerned, he finds some connections that may be explosive to his superior, the cranky Bowles. There is a threat against Rutledge''s life with warnings left where he least expects it. His heart is back in Dartmoor until the mysterious and psychic Mrs. Channing arrives on the scene. Will she be the one to discover Hamish''s existence? This latest installment has to be one of the best in the series.


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