A Test of Wills

A Test of Wills

Large Print - 1996 | Large print ed.
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"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 Weekly

The 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.

Publisher: New York : HarperLuxe, c1996
Edition: Large print ed.
ISBN: 9780061946271
Branch Call Number: TODD
Characteristics: 427 p


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Jun 26, 2017

The detective is a likable character, struggling on while dealing with PTSD. The ending was a little abrupt and confusing, though.

Jun 24, 2017

Good mystery book about post WWI Britain. First in the series by Todd (actually a mother and son team of writers). Very convoluted and hard to figure out who done it? until the last few pages. There are many, many books in the Ian Rutledge series but it will be a long time before I read more.

This is a must read to have some back ground on subsequent Rutledge crime mystery. Nice twist of plot and good insight into PTSD after WWI without being too graphic. Quick read.

Feb 27, 2014

Set just after WWI, this is the story of Ian Rutledge re-entering his job as detective with Scotland Yard, all the while struggling with PTSD in the form of Hamish MacLeod, a dead soldier still living in Rutledge's conscience and supplying acid comments from time to time. The mystery revolves around the death of Colonel Harris and the investigation proceeds very much like you would expect an English mystery to do. I found the ending a little hard to believe, based on how the characters had been presented earlier on. However, it was a tidy ending. If you want a quick easy read whose solution might not come to you before the middle of the book, then this could be for you.

This is a must read for anyone who is interested in the Rutledge series. We discover the background of the man, a WWII hero who is haunted by the official definition of cowardice in war time. His professional career is dogged by jealous colleagues who set him up for failure. Great insight into the struggle for men to get back to 'normal' after the horrors of war and still find the bad guy in the small English village.

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Dec 20, 2001

Ian Rutledge has come home from World War I alive. And he has brought a friend. Or is he a foe? For inside Rutledge''s head lives the executed Hamish MacLeod who dogs his every step and questions his every move. This makes Inspector Rutledge''s return to work at Scotland Yard very difficult. The unfortuante thing is that once he and Hamish were friends until Rutledge had to execute Hamish on the battlefield. Sent out to investigate a complicated murder case by a suspicious and masochistic boss, Rutledge will have to use Hamish''s voice and his own detecting skills to solve the first case in the series by author Charles Todd.

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