By Charles Todd
It's New Year's Eve, 1919. Scotland backyard Inspector Ian Rutledge has followed his sister to the house of mutual acquaintances for dinner yet will get a decision from the workplace and has to depart. at the steps outdoor, he sees a brass cartridge casing, like numerous others he's noticeable through the battle. yet this one has an engraving within the steel. Curious, he wallet it.
quickly after, Rutledge is at the southern coast of britain assisting the neighborhood police seize a assassin. paintings performed, on a whim he drives alongside the cliffs overlooking the Atlantic and takes a stroll out at the headland. Returning to his automobile, he unearths one other engraved cartridge casing at the driver's seat. He's been followed.
The cartridge casing turns out to indicate to the conflict and unfinished company there. to stick alive within the face of an unknown and unseen adversary, Rutledge is pressed to the bounds of his abilities. He's the prey. yet who's the hunter?
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But I can't recall ever having seen it. Ah yes. Ha! Now I know, Laura. You and Lester made the trip while I was abroad in the States, and I came back after you. ' Hadley drew a long breath. and now, Mrs Bitton, I, don't think we need detain you any longer. One of the warders will escort you to a cab. Or perhaps Sir William will do it... And look here, old man he put his hand on the knight's arm `you've a perfect right to stay, if you like; at least, I shan't try to drive you away.. But you've had a trying day.
His voice grew stronger. `I it was the shock of hearing the name of - somebody - I did know. ' `Yes,' said Dr Fell. ' 'I met him - ah-- Sunday before last, at dinner in Bitton's house. It was the day. I arrived. I hadn't caught his last name. They all called him Phil; that's how I remembered. ' `He was stabbed with this crossbow bolt,' said Dr Fell, picking it up. ' The other said, `Most interesting - ' in a way that sounded like a horrible burlesque. But he was better now. `I don't want you to think, gentlemen, that I know anything of the poor boy's murder because I seemed - ah - upset when you mentioned it.
Somers walked straight in after her, like a fool. But it's fortunate he did. 'He describes it as a rather narrow entry, badly lighted by a door with a glass panel at the rear, and with an automatic lift in the centre. The doors to the two flats on that floor are on either side. 1 after her. And, at the same time she was going in, a woman slid out of the door of No. ' said Dr Fell, blowing out smoke placidly. ' `There were no lights on, and what with the mist, the darkness of the hall, and the sudden run she made, he could just be sure it was a woman.
A Long Shadow (Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery, Book 8) by Charles Todd