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On a deserted road, late at night, Scotland Yard's Ian Rutledge encounters a frightened woman standing over a body, launching an inquiry that leads him into the lair of a stealthy killer and the dangerous recesses of his own memories in this twentieth installment of the acclaimed New York Times bestselling series.

Hours after his sister's wedding, a restless Ian Rutledge drives aimlessly, haunted by the past, and narrowly misses a motorcar stopped in the middle of a desolate road. Standing beside the vehicle is a woman with blood on her hands and a dead man at her feet.

She swears she didn't kill Stephen Wentworth. A stranger stepped out in front of their motorcar, and without warning, fired a single shot before vanishing into the night. But there is no trace of him. And the shaken woman insists it all happened so quickly, she never saw the man's face.

Although he is a witness after the fact, Rutledge persuades the Yard to give him the inquiry, since he's on the scene. But is he seeking justice--or fleeing painful memories in London?

Wentworth was well-liked, yet his bitter family paint a malevolent portrait, calling him a murderer. But who did Wentworth kill? Is his death retribution? Or has his companion lied? Wolf Pit, his village, has a notorious history: in Medieval times, the last wolf in England was killed there. When a second suspicious death occurs, the evidence suggests that a dangerous predator is on the loose, and that death is closer than Rutledge knows.


Author Notes

Charles Todd is a pen name for Charles and Caroline Todd, a mother and son writing team. Caroline received a BA in English literature and history and a Masters in international relations. Charles received a BA in communication studies with an emphasis on business management, and a culinary arts degree. They have written numerous novels including Bess Crawford Mystery series and the Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery series.

(Bowker Author Biography) Charles Todd is the author of three previous mysteries: "A Test of Wills," "Wings of Fire," & "Search the Dark"; with the publication of "Legacy of the Dead," Todd will be published hard/soft by Bantam Books.

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Booklist Review

December 1920. Scotland Yard's Ian Rutledge is driving home from his sister's wedding when he comes upon the scene of an apparent homicide. A man lies dead in the road; a woman with bloody hands is bending over the body. I didn't do it, she says, claiming that somebody came out of nowhere, shot the man, and vanished. The victim turns out to be Stephen Wentworth, a man with a convoluted family history (including hints that he may have had something to do with a previous death). As Rutledge digs deeper, there's yet another death, and Rutledge is forced to consider the possibility that someone has just begun a killing spree. The Rutledge series hits a milestone with its twentieth installment. Fans will be pleased but hardly surprised to learn that this one, like its predecessors, is tightly plotted, gracefully written, and dramatically intense. Here's to another 20.--Pitt, David Copyright 2018 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

A chance encounter on a country road late one night in December 1920 kicks off the exceptionally clever plot of bestseller Todd's 20th mystery featuring Insp. Ian Rutledge (after 2017's Racing the Devil). Rutledge, an emotionally scarred WWI veteran, is driving in Suffolk, with no particular destination in mind, when his headlamps catch a car stopped in front of him. Next to the car, a woman with bloodstained hands is bending over a man lying in the road. Rutledge stops to investigate. The man, Stephen Wentworth, is dead. The woman explains that Stephen was driving her home after a dinner party when a man stepped out in front of them. After Stephen got out of their vehicle and exchanged a few words with him, the man shot Stephen. Over local opposition, Rutledge successfully lobbies to take charge of the inquiry, and then struggles to learn why anyone would want to murder Stephen, a popular local bookseller, resisting the theory that the violence was random. As always, Todd (the mother-and-son writing team of Caroline and Charles Todd) deepen their crafty whodunit with a moving exploration of their astute sleuth's inner torments. Agent: Lisa Gallagher, DeFiore and Co. (Feb.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


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