I have long loved the Ian Rutledge mysteries but this last one, long awaited, was a total mess. As someone else mentioned, too many characters. Also way too many coincidences, way too much driving to and fro and around and about (typical of this series but this one took the cake). Too little sleep, food, or gas for car during the "chase." Confusing characters, a totally ridiculous ending. Just really too bad. The kernel of a good story about a murder and its solution was here but it never became very coherent or believable. A huge disappointment to a devoted fan. Alas.