A test of wills

Charles Todd

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Series
Todd, Charles. Inspector Ian Rutledge novels ; v. 1.
Inspector Ian Rutledge novels.
Subjects
Published
New York : St. Martin's Press c1996.
Edition
1st ed
Language
English
Item Description
"A Thomas Dunne book."
Physical Description
282 p.
ISBN
0062091611
0061242845
9780061242847
0312144318
Main Author
Charles Todd (-)
Review by Library Journal Reviews

Set in the years after the Great War, Todd's series featuring Inspector Ian Rutledge should please Penny fans, as Rutledge is a grand antecedent to Gamache. Smart, tenacious, and reflective, Rutledge is an officer of Scotland Yard who often travels to the small villages of England on his investigations. Todd matches Penny in the ability to create place out of a few select details and has the same skilled hand at description. The two writers are equally matched when it comes to creating complex characters that offer readers more to sink their teeth into than simply a mystery solved. Rutledge is haunted by the voice of Hamish MacLeod, a solider he executed during the war for refusing to obey an order. It is a secret his keeps locked away as admitting to suffering from shell shock would not advance his career-even if the voice of Hamish does act as a Greek chorus during his cases. Penny fans should appreciate the way Todd's clever puzzles focus on both story and character and share common village mystery antecedents. Add a similar languid pace, plus smart and adroit construction, and you have a pairing that should keep readers happy for a long time. Start readers with this first in the 14-book series (The Confession comes out in January 2012) in which Rutledge must question a fellow soldier with deep wounds of his own. - Neal Wyatt, "RA Crossroads," Booksmack! 11/3/11 (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

'todd has written a first novel that speaks out, urgently and compassionately, for a long-dead generation'.A meticulously wrought puzzle.""New York Times Book Review"An intricately plotted mystery. With this remarkable debut, Charles Todd breaks new ground in the historical crime novel.""Peter Lovesey, author of The Circle"You're going to love Todd.' 'stephen King, Entertainment WeeklyThe first novel to feature war-damaged Scotland Yard inspector Ian Rutledge, A Test of Wills is the book that brought author Charles Todd into the spotlight. This Edgar® and Anthony Award-nominated, New York Times Notable mystery brilliantly evokes post-World War I Great Britain and introduces readers to one of crime fiction's most compelling series protagonists. Here the shell-shocked Rutledge struggles to retain his fragile grip on sanity while investigating the death of a popular army colonel, murdered, it appears, by a decorated war hero with ties to the Royal Family. A phenomenal writer, a twisting puzzle, a character-rich re-creation of an extraordinary time and place'it all adds up to one exceptional read that will delight fans of Elizabeth George, Martha Grimes, Jacqueline Winspear, Ruth Rendell, and other masters of the British procedural.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

“Todd has written a first novel that speaks out, urgently and compassionately, for a long-dead generation….A meticulously wrought puzzle.”—New York Times Book Review“An intricately plotted mystery. With this remarkable debut, Charles Todd breaks new ground in the historical crime novel.”—Peter Lovesey, author of The Circle“You’re going to love Todd.” —Stephen King, Entertainment WeeklyThe first novel to feature war-damaged Scotland Yard inspector Ian Rutledge, A Test of Wills is the book that brought author Charles Todd into the spotlight. This Edgar® and Anthony Award-nominated, New York Times Notable mystery brilliantly evokes post-World War I Great Britain and introduces readers to one of crime fiction’s most compelling series protagonists. Here the shell-shocked Rutledge struggles to retain his fragile grip on sanity while investigating the death of a popular army colonel, murdered, it appears, by a decorated war hero with ties to the Royal Family. A phenomenal writer, a twisting puzzle, a character-rich re-creation of an extraordinary time and place…it all adds up to one exceptional read that will delight fans of Elizabeth George, Martha Grimes, Jacqueline Winspear, Ruth Rendell, and other masters of the British procedural.