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  • Taschenbuch: 368 Seiten
  • Verlag: William Morrow Paperbacks; Auflage: Reprint (25. Oktober 2011)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0061208515
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061208515
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“Excels at intricate relationships among characters....Another winning story.” (Library Journal)

“Riveting historical mystery.” (Romantic Times)

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“A daunting portrait of a town that keeps its thoughts, its troubles and most of all its secrets to itself.” (New York Times Book Review)

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In 1919, Scotland Yard Inspector Ian Rutledge finds himself the target of a mysterious person, who is relentless in their quest to hunt him down and who is leaving oddly engraved cartridge casings around that seem to point to unfinished business involving the Great War. Reprint. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch .

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2 von 2 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Detra Fitch am 3. Januar 2006
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Set in the year 1919. Scotland Yard detective Ian Rutledge spent four years fighting in the Great War. Now he is back to being a dedicated investigator. But it seems that someone has targeted Ian for a game of cat and mouse. Someone follows Ian, leaving brass machine gun cartridge casings, with interesting designs etched upon them, where he is sure to find them. Ian, knowing that his stalker seems to holding his leash, finds his resolve actually shaking.
Ian's investigation of a constable's death makes him the outsider this time around. Locals want nothing to do with him, except for one young lady who claims to be a psychic.
**** This is the eighth Inspector Ian Rutledge novel and probably the best yet, in my opinion. Only the prior novel, "A Cold Treachery", can come close to claiming the spot as my favorite story within this series. A bit long winded at times, but very good reading. ****
Reviewed by Detra Fitch of Huntress Reviews.
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Todd Has Written Yet Another Excellent Procedural 28. Januar 2006
Von P. Bigelow - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This is the eighth entry in this outstanding series featuring Ian Rutledge and his constant companion Hamish is set in 1919 and continues the story of the haunted Rutledge. In this outing, Rutledge is sent to the remote village of Dudlington to investigate the attempted murder (by bow and arrow) of the local constable. Rutledge is faced with a close-mouthed community suspicious of outsiders and determined to keep its secrets. Slowly, but surely Rutledge begins to gather information. Almost immediately, he realizes that the attempt on the constable's life may be linked to the disappearance of a young lady in the village. His attempts to solve the mystery of who shot the constable and why are hampered by a stalker who somehow knows where he will be almost before he himself knows. In the end, Rutledge solves the crime and, almost simultaneously, discovers who wants him (and Hamish) dead.

This is another "I can't put this down even though it's two in the morning and I have to go to work in five hours" entry. Charles Todd sits at the top of my list of the best authors writing mysteries/procedurals today. Todd continues to develop the personality of both Rutledge and Hamish and the relationship between the two. Todd's descriptions of the village, its inhabitants, and the surrounding land are vivid - so vivid that while you're reading you can almost feel the rising winter's wind stealing its way into your bones.

This is an outstandingly written series and deserves a very large following. If you are new to the series, I suggest you start with the first book "A Test of Wills" to understand the relationship between Rutledge and Hamish as well as watch the author grow these two. Along the way, Todd writes a wonderful procedural and shares each bit of information with the reader. Just when you figure out who the culprit is, Todd throws yet another piece of the puzzle into the mix and both you and Rutledge are forced to change your minds.
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Same old, same old 1. Dezember 2010
Von JoeV - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This is the eighth adventure of Ian Rutledge, a "shell-shocked" World War I veteran, back at his pre-war job at Scotland Yard, investigating and solving murders. (The books take place in 1919.) Ian is also haunted - literally- by the ghost of a Scottish soldier who reported to him during his time in the trenches. Hamish - said ghost - is not just an ephemeral lurking presence but a constant character. After eight books, Hamish has become more than tiresome; he's aggravating, much a like a neighbor's barking dog. In addition this series has become both stale and repetitive.

The authors - I use the plural, as Charles Todd is actually a mother/son duo - follow a very similar outline for each of the Rutledge books. Although Ian is based in London, he spends little time there. His superior, a one dimensional bureaucrat and blowhard, assigns Rutledge to cases out in the English countryside. This is perfectly fine with the loner Ian, who hops into his "motor-car" and travels to some distant small village or hamlet to solve a murder.

When Ian reaches his destination he is always greeted with suspicion by the small-town folk, he drinks copious amounts of tea and sleeps little; he encounters a very obvious red-herring, i.e. a member of the community who must be guilty except he or she is not because that would be too obvious and there is always a woman - usually a young widow - who kindles a romantic spark within Ian. Rutledge always solves the case just before he can truly fall in love and just in time for his superior to assign him to another case in another remote location.

And oh yeah, there's always Hamish the Obnoxious Ghost, yammering in his impenetrable Scottish burr in the not so distant background.

A Long Shadow follows this template. It differs from its predecessors in that the solution of the case - actually cases - is incredibly weak, particularly the identity of the murderer. Also Rutledge has attracted a stalker in this book, the point of which I missed.

I was drawn to this series because it has all the earmarks I usually enjoy. Unfortunately to say the Rutledge books are similar is an understatement. They're all the same book. If you've read one, you've read them all.
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Sloppy plot, subpar for series 29. Mai 2008
Von S. Radler - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
I have read all of Charles Todd's Ian Rutledge mysteries up to this book, and was a bit disappointed. Besides getting quite tired of Hamish (get some professional help, already, Ian!), the plot is so muddled that even at the end I wasn't quite sure what was done to whom and why. Without being a spoiler, all I can say about the motive of the murderer is.... WHAT??? It's the thinnest excuse for murder I've ever read and almost completely unbelievable. Still, if only to keep up what's going on with Rutledge, this book is worth reading; I just hope the next one is better.
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Good Shadows and Bad Shadows 24. Mai 2006
Von John T. Farrell - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I enjoyed this novel, as I do all of Charles Todd's books about Inspector Ian Rutledge. The Rutledge novels are well-written, are replete with minutely researched post-Great War period details, and delineate a type of character - the psychologically wounded war veteran trying to adjust - not seen often in literature these days. All these things are to the good, and Todd has marked out an almost virgin territory that has me hooked as a fan.

But, what for many may be part of the appeal of these books has become a liability for me. I'm talking about the voice of Hamish MacLeod that resides inside Rutledge's head. If Hamish in life was as bitter, abusive, and censorious as he is in Rutledge's mind, then little wonder he died friendless and alone. After eight times out with this unyielding and unfriendly presence, I find his running commentary tedious, irritating, and extraneous to the mystery.

Hamish's continued and unabated presence is also beginning to stretch credibility. If he is truly present, then Rutledge is insane and shouldn't be able to withstand the constant carping much longer, at least while continuing to solve emotionally taxing mysteries one after another. If he's a manifestation of Rutledge's guilt, then why doesn't this otherwise insightful and rational man consult someone and get some help in exorcising the ghost - an alienist (as psychiatrists were known then), or an Anglican clergyman trained as an exorcist, or his new almost-girl friend, the mysterious psychic Mrs. Channing?

Otherwise, "A Long Shadow" is up to Todd's usual standard. The characters are well-drawn, as is the depiction of English village life, with its class system, its insiders, its outsiders, and its endless gossip and secrets. The creation of the brooding presence of Frith's Woods was a masterstroke, hinting at ancient, forgotten evils and England's pagan past. The wood's long shadow has affected the village of Dudlington more than its inhabitants know, just as it affects Rutledge who's combating a new enemy, an anonymous stalker.

While it's a wonder that Ian Rutledge stays so calm with Hamish gnawing away at him inside and an assassin lurking outside, I am also puzzled as to how much longer Superintendent Bowles is going to be allowed to persecute Inspector Rutledge. An interesting aspect of the series is that chronologically each mystery picks up after the last, weeks, sometimes days, after the other ends. Rutledge has shown an extraordinary degree of professional success in a matter of months since his return to the Force, capturing notorious murderers, ferreting out serial killers, solving crimes that were not even known to occur, and saving potential victims. In the real world, he'd be a celebrity, at least among his colleagues, not the passive victim of a petty tyrant and jealous superior who, among other things, seems to be on the take.
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What? 17. Dezember 2009
Von Pat in Northern Utah - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
After reading A Cold Treachery and liking it, I was surprised at how much I disliked this one. Maybe here we begin to see the perils of having a "team" write mysteries? Maybe mom and son forget who's supposed to take care of which detail.

There are two story lines here: Rutledge being stalked and the crime(s) in Dudlington that sent Rutledge there. The second was somewhat dealt with, but the first was left hanging with little explained about the stalker's methods and his ability to pull off his stalking. [SPOILER] In the final stalking scene, are we to believe that the stalker just waited by the side of the (which? any?) road waiting for Ian to come along--was he out there 24/7 in the cold?

At one point, Rutledge likens his view to that "from an airplane." Given the time frame, we can probably assume he had never been in a plane (which probably should have been called an "aeroplane" in those days). One can almost picture him logged on to Google Earth, circling over Dudlington.

The author is good, as I've noted in previous reviews, at creating a picture of a locale. Unfortunately, in this case, that's about all there is. The crimes in Dudlington make little sense, particularly the motive. The connection to a London crime and to Scotland Yard's officials was convoluted, to say the least. The relationship of Rutledge and his new female friend was not believable and was too quickly intimate (although not physical).

The edition I read has a dust jacket with a lovely atmospheric photo of a ruined abbey. Great! But there is no ruined abbey in the book. I realize the author has little control over the cover, but I wonder what the publisher was aiming for here?

I found the book very slow-going and kept wanting to scream "just get on with it!" Maybe such an investigation does take this long, this much driving back and forth, this much discussion over and over; I just didn't want to sit through it. Although Hamish didn't especially annoy me in the other Rutledge books I've read, he drove me crazy here. Instead of just being a voice inside Ian's head, now we've got him sitting in the back seat of the car, getting in Ian's way on a rung of a ladder, Ian worrying about Hamish being shot, etc. Yikes! Several other things, primarily editing problems, annoyed me as well. Think I'll lay off "Charles Todd" for a while.
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