By Charles Todd
In 1912 Ian Rutledge watched as a guy was once condemned to hold for the murders of aged ladies. Rutledge helped assemble the facts that despatched Ben Shaw to the gallows. And while justice used to be performed, Rutledge closed the door at the case. yet Shaw used to be no longer simply forgotten.
Now, seven years later, that grim trial returns within the type of Ben Shaw's widow Nell, bringing Rutledge facts she is confident will turn out her husband's innocence. It's a trust fraught with peril, threatening either Rutledge's expert stature and his religion in his judgment. yet there's a darker cause of Rutledge's reluctance. homicide brings him again to Kent the place, days previous, he'd glimpsed an all-too-familiar face past the jumping flames of a bonfire. quickly an unforeseen come across revives the top of his personal conflict, because the nation prepares for a somber commemoration at the anniversary of the Armistice. To conflict the unsettled prior and the haunted current while is an appalling mandate.
And the folk round him? between them the horny widow of a chum, a notable girl who survived the good Indian Mutiny; a sour, loss of life barrister; and a guy whose identify he by no means knew--unwittingly compete with the grieving Nell Shaw. They'll call for greater than Rutledge may give, unaware that he's already wearing the load of shell surprise? and the voice of Hamish MacLeod, the soldier he was once compelled to execute within the conflict. The killer in Marling is unusually adept at escaping detection. And Ben Shaw's earlier is a tangle of unsettling secrets and techniques which may or is probably not actual. Rutledge needs to stroll a tortuous line among murderers...one achieving out to wreck him, the opposite pushed to smash him.
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A Fearsome Doubt (Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery, Book 6) by Charles Todd