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A Test of Wills (Inspector Ian Rutledge, Bk 1)
A Test of Wills - Inspector Ian Rutledge, Bk 1
Author: Charles Todd
The Great War has been won -- but victory has its price. The year is 1919, and Ian Rutledge has returned to London to resume his position as Scotland Yard inspector, bringing nightmares and ghosts home with him from the French battlefields. Tormented and suffering from shell shock, he is immediately plunged into the affair of a popular colonel b...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780061242847
ISBN-10: 0061242845
Publication Date: 1/1/2007
Pages: 320
Edition: New Ed
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3.9 stars, based on 56 ratings
Publisher: Harper
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover
Members Wishing: 1
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After the Great War was over, Scotland Yard Inspector Ian Rutledge returns to his old job with lots of "left over" problems from the war. Rutledge is tormented by what he has seen and done on the battlefields of France. Even though he has just returned, he is
thrown immediately into the case of the murder of a popular colonel by a decorated war hero. His Scotland Yard boss is hoping to ruin Rutledge's career by giving him a case that is a personal and political minefield. The horrors of WWI and its aftermath on survivors is very well described. Described as "shell shocked", Rutledge carries in his mind the voice Hamish MacLeod,a dead Scots soldier, who is all too real and cannot be forgotten.

This book and the entire series is well written, well crafted, and a true delight.
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Both unusual and remarkable. I'm not usually a detective/mystery fan but this one is so much more. Set in post World War I small-village England, the tale has both nothing and everything to do with that war. Remained a psychological and sophistocated puzzle until the end.
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This is Charles Todd's first Ian Rutledge novel. I was especially looking forward to reading a novel placed in the time frame immediately following WWI. For the Anglophile this book does the trick. The characters are richly drawn and the story compelling. I am definitely planning on reading further Ian Rutledge mysteries after spending a dreary February day reading this good read.
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Excellent story of a post WWI army veteran returning to his pre-war role of policeman. As good as anything by Anne Perry.
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reviewed A Test of Wills (Inspector Ian Rutledge, Bk 1) on + 53 more book reviews
Terrific! Great detecting. The main character has returned from WWI with a few problems, and because of what he's gone thru, he manages to read the people he is involved with quite well. He has a tag-along Scot who is dead, but Ian has learned to deal with him too as part of his "shell shock." I'll read more.
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A great fun read with a twist. Kind of "Downton Abbey meets a less quirky Sherlock Holmes". Enjoyed it. Like that it is a series. I will be reading the others.
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I enjoyed it and will read more of this author's work.

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