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Scotland Yard's Ian Rutledge finds himself caught in a twisted web of vengeance, old grievances, and secrets that lead back to World War I in the 19th installment of the acclaimed best-selling series.
On the eve of the bloody Battle of the Somme, a group of English officers having a last drink before returning to the front make a promise to each other: if they survive the battle ahead - and make it through the war - they will meet in Paris a year after the fighting ends. They will celebrate their good fortune by racing motorcars they beg, borrow, or own from Paris to Nice.
In November 1919 the officers all meet as planned, and though their motorcars are not designed for racing, they set out for Nice. But a serious mishap mars the reunion. In the mountains just north of their destination, two vehicles are nearly run off the road, and one man is badly injured. No one knows - or will admit to knowing - which driver was at the wheel of the rogue motorcar.
Back in England one year later, during a heavy rainstorm, a driver loses control on a twisting road and is killed in the crash. Was it an accident due to the hazardous conditions? Or premeditated murder? Is the crash connected in some way to the unfortunate events in the mountains above Nice the year before? The dead driver wasn't in France - although the motorcar he drove was. If it was foul play, was it a case of mistaken identity? Or was the dead man the intended victim after all?
Investigating this perplexing case, Scotland Yard Inspector Ian Rutledge discovers that the truth is elusive - and that the villages on the South Downs, where the accident happened, are adept at keeping secrets, frustrating his search. Determined to remain in the shadows, this faceless killer is willing to strike again to stop Rutledge from finding him. This time the victim he chooses is a child, and it will take all of Rutledge's skill to stop him before an innocent young life is sacrificed.
©2017 Charles Todd (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers
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By N Hall on 02-16-17

Todd Has Done It Again!

Another fantastic book in the Ian Rutledge series! And the narration by Mr. Prebble was excellent. His often times brooding voice totally captures Rutledge. His range of female voices of course is not as good as the male ones but that does not detract. The story was gripping from beginning to end! If you haven't read or listened to the Ian Rutledge series, you have missed out!!!

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By R. Pontiflet on 04-23-17

Deception and Murder

I guess I didn't like this story as much as I wanted to. It is a good story of deception and murder. I can't say exactly why I came to dislike the story, but I did.

This story is simple yet complicated. It's about vengeance, old grievances, and secrets. The story begins with a group of scared soldiers making a promise to each other before returning to the front during the First World War. They promise to meet in Paris with their motor cars in one year if they survive. Murder and attempted murder begins with that reunion and the focus move from France to England, and Scotland Yard's Inspector Ian Rutledge is the investigator.

I've enjoyed listening to the Inspector Rutledge stories but this one lost my initial interest. These stories tend to have a few threads that spool out in a slow methodical way.

Mr. Simon Prebble performed the narration in his usual excellent way.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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