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The Gate Keeper: An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery (Inspector Ian Rutledge Mysteries, 20) Paperback – November 20, 2018
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TOP PICK IN MYSTERY: “Readers can’t ask for more than Todd’s masterful plotting, terrific characters and one of the finest protagonists in modern suspense.” -- BookPage.com
“The best one yet... It is a rare case when a book this far into a series can still surprise, but that is exactly what The Gate Keeper does. Highly recommended for historical mystery fans.” -- The BOLO Books Review
“In a series known for intelligent plots, Todd’s 20th novel about Ian [Rutledge] excels. The Gate Keeper delivers an emotional novel... as well as an involving story about how the war affected other former soldiers and the families and towns to which they came home.” -- SouthFlorida.com
“Exceptionally clever plot... As always, Todd... deepen[s] their crafty whodunit with a moving exploration of their astute sleuth’s inner torments.” -- Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“For Todd fans, it’s another excuse to keep reading.” -- Wilmington Star News
“This mystery is one of the finest in the series... One of the best I have read by Charles Todd—very highly recommended!” -- Historical Novels Review
“Charles Todd (actually a mother-son writing team) pulls off the voice-in-the-head device exquisitely. Moreover, the series is populated with highly nuanced characters, and the historical research is spot on. In Racing the Devil, the pacing is compelling.” -- Newark Star Ledger
“Inspector Rutledge shares the pantheon with Morse, Rebus, and even Sherlock Holmes--a fascinating, complex, and heartbreaking hero we admire, respect, and cannot forget. Charles Todd’s brilliantly evocative and historically revealing mysteries are top shelf, top drawer, and top of my list.” -- Hank Phillippi Ryan, Anthony, Agatha and Mary Higgins Clark award-winning author of Say No More
“Todd writes a rich mystery, but in investigating the murder Rutledge also probes the psychic wounds of the village and tries to minister to the collective survivor guilt of the living. ‘The dead,’ as the voice in his head tells him, ‘still believe it was worth dying for.’” -- Marilyn Stasio, New York Times Book Review
“Todd’s rich storytelling shines in Racing the Devil, showing an England forever changed by The Great War, yet determined to survive.” -- South Florida Sun Sentinel
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Since the end of the Great War, Inspector Ian Rutledge has fought to keep memories of the trenches at bay. Unable to sleep after his sister’s wedding, he takes a short drive. Hours later he’s far from London. The war, which he’s kept rigorously in check all day, overwhelms him, and he has only a vague impression of the road unwinding before him. He’s jolted out of his nightmare when his headlamps suddenly pick out a motorcar stopped in the middle of the road, and he narrowly misses it. Standing next to the vehicle is a woman, with blood on her hands and a dead man at her feet.
She swears she didn’t kill Stephen Wentworth, telling Rutledge that a stranger stepped in front of their motorcar and without warning fired a single shot before vanishing. Rutledge persuades the Yard to give him the inquiry, but even he isn’t sure whether he’s seeking justice—or fleeing the emptiness that awaits him back in London.
Probing the victim’s background, the Inspector uncovers conflicting views of the dead man. Wentworth appears to have been well liked by most people, yet his bitter family calls Wentworth a murderer. But who, exactly, did Wentworth kill? Is his death retribution for that crime? Or has his dinner partner lied?
When a second suspicious death occurs, the evidence suggests a dangerous predator on the loose, carefully stalking his victims. But where is he?
- Publisher : William Morrow Paperbacks; Reprint edition (November 20, 2018)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 336 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0062678728
- ISBN-13 : 978-0062678720
- Item Weight : 10 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.31 x 0.76 x 8 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #309,869 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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As always, we get a fascinating glimpse into life after a war that was unlike anything the world had experienced previously. Those scarred by their experiences and those who remained on the home front, not knowing what to do with or how to react to those returning if they exhibit anything other than pre-war/normal behavior.
Thank goodness there's a new Bess Crawford book coming in August; takes the edge off waiting for the next Ian Rutledge story.