- Taschenbuch: 384 Seiten
- Verlag: William Morrow Paperbacks; Auflage: 1 Reprint (23. Dezember 2008)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 006167270X
- ISBN-13: 978-0061672705
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 13,5 x 2,2 x 20,3 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 1 Kundenrezension
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 461.145 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
A Pale Horse: A Novel of Suspense (Inspector Ian Rutledge Mysteries, Band 10) (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 23. Dezember 2008
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Late on a spring night in 1920, five boys cross the Yorkshire dales to the ruins of Fountains Abbey, intent on raising the Devil. Instead, they stumble over the Devil himself, sitting there watching them. Terrified, they run for their lives, leaving behind a book on alchemy stolen from their schoolmaster. The next morning, a body is discovered in the cloisters of the abbey - a man swathed in a hooded cloak and wearing a gas mask. There are no clues other than the left-behind book. In an effort to uncover the dead man's identity, one of the police constables, who fancies himself a portraitist, sketches a likeness to send to other police stations. It turns out there's a strong chance the man worked on poisoned gases for the British government after the Germans had used them at Ypres during the late war.Scotland Yard dispatches Inspector Rutledge to confirm the ID and to find out why the man died in such mysterious circumstances. Rutledge begins his investigation, dealing with villagers who clearly have something to hide and trying to decipher if the death links back to the Great War. And what does the huge chalk sculpture of a pale horse of the Apocalypse have to do with the crime?
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Charles Todd is the New York Times bestselling author of the Inspector Ian Rutledge mysteries, the Bess Crawford mysteries, and two stand-alone novels. A mother-and-son writing team, they live on the East Coast.
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This book in the series does not overdo the pestering by Hamish, and that's a relief. The plot ranges over quite a bit of geography, and in truth it wanders more than it should. The constant driving about is overdone, and boredom threatens. The Yorkshire characters just get dropped, splat, and forgotten about.
Despite the rather strung-out plot, the book is a worthy part of the series. I guess when Rutledge can finally tell Hamish to put a sock in it, the series will be over, but I'm getting close to ready for Rutledge to make some progress with his guilt and sorrow -- just a little bit. That may be unfair and unrealistic of me, never having had any first-hand experience of PTSD. But some character development would be welcome.
As anyone who has read my book reviews can tell, I am very, very picky with my books and rarely give a book five stars. I have read various criticisms of one or another of the books in these series and I just don't understand them. I can honestly say that I can't think of a single criticism for this book or any of the other books in this entire series.
In this book, a dead body is found wearing a monk's robe and a gas mask. Meanwhile, Rutledge is assigned to find a missing man who the war office is very interested in. Is the missing man, the man in the gas mask? They mystery ensues.
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