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Racing the Devil
by Charles Todd


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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 nineteenth installment of the acclaimed bestselling 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.  Read more...


 
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Overview

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 nineteenth installment of the acclaimed bestselling 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.



 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780062386212
  • ISBN-10: 0062386212
  • Publisher: William Morrow & Company
  • Publish Date: February 2017
  • Page Count: 352
  • Dimensions: 9.1 x 6 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds

Series: Inspector Ian Rutledge Mysteries

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Books > Fiction > Mystery & Detective - Historical
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Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2016-12-19
  • Reviewer: Staff

In the first chapter of bestseller Todds suspenseful 19th whodunit featuring Scotland Yard inspector Ian Rutledge (after 2016s No Shred of Evidence), Andrew Brothers, a veteran of WWI, is nearly run off the road by another car while driving in the South of France in 1919. A year later in East Sussex, Rector Wright, the rector of St. Simons church, borrows a motorcar belonging to another WWI veteran, Captain Standish, without the officers permission. In a heavy rainstorm at night, Wright is killed instantly in a crash. The local constable, troubled by evidence of another vehicle at the scene of the tragedy, sends for Rutledge; he finds traces of paint on the captains car, which suggests that the crash no an accident. Given that the dead man appeared to have no enemies and the collision occurred in the dark, Rutledge pursues the notion that Standish was the intended victim. As always, Todd (the mother-and-son writing team of Caroline and Charles Todd) maintains a high degree of tension throughout and populates the story with vivid characters bearing the external and internal scars of war. Agent: Jane Chelius, Jane Chelius Literary. (Feb.)

 
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Whodunit: Black sun rising over Tokyo

One of my favorite things about this job is bringing a new writer to the attention of readers, and it is particularly true in the case of Nicolás Obregón, whose debut novel, Blue Light Yokohama, is set in my home of a dozen years, metro Tokyo. Obregón balances the key components of modern detective fiction seamlessly: a damaged hero, the requisite layer of urban grittiness, a possible love interest, a taunting serial killer and a series of frustrating, misleading clues. The killings bear an eerie resemblance to earlier unsolved murders in Tokyo; the hearts are ripped from the victims, and crude, sooty drawings of the sun are left at the scene. The Black Sun Killer, as the press quickly dubs him, is proving more of an embarrassment to the police department with each passing day, and pressure is put on the investigators to make some progress in the case. But with pressure comes mistakes, and when one is dealing with a serial killer, mistakes can be deadly. Obregón’s descriptions of Tokyo are spot-on as he leads the reader through the city in search of an exceptionally clever and elusive killer. Blue Light Yokohama is nicely done for a first book; it’s nicely done, period.

A HORSE THROAT
It is beyond annoying when you wake up at 3:35 a.m., realizing that you have not put out the garbage for early morning pickup. But imagine stumbling out with your garbage to discover a fresh corpse on your front walk, its throat slit ear to ear. This discovery raises a long line of red flags in the mind of disgraced private detective Charlie Bradshaw, the central character of Stephen Dobyns’ Saratoga Payback. Charlie has had his PI license revoked, so any clandestine investigation he might undertake carries with it the risk of prosecution. However, there is a good chance that the deceased party, a man of ill repute in Saratoga, was on his way to see Charlie, which merits his murder a bit of a look-see. His death may also be tied to the recent high-profile kidnapping of a racehorse from the stable of an equestrian socialite that Charlie is also looking into. Then there are more murders, and Charlie begins to believe he may be among the killer’s intended victims. Dobyns has created a lasting and well-loved character in Charlie Bradshaw, and longtime fans will be happy to meet an old favorite and find him in top form once again.

TO RUSSIA, WITH LOVE
Agent Jack McColl is trying (with little success) to balance a relationship and his duties as a British spy in David Downing’s latest thriller, Lenin’s Roller Coaster. World War I continues unabated in Europe, and the Bolshevik Revolution is beginning to come into its own in Russia. McColl’s lover, progressive journalist Caitlin Hanley, knows beyond a doubt that Mother Russia is where she belongs and that she must be on hand as history is made—if she can figure out how to get there. McColl can help, but should he? All of Downing’s books thus far have had recurring themes of love tested and affected by war, and this one is no exception. This is a sensitive yet action-packed novel of conflict both on international and interpersonal levels as Jack and Caitlin’s goals become more and more polarized with each passing day. Lenin’s Roller Coaster is the third book of the Jack McColl series, and there is a case to be made for reading the other two before jumping into this one, because either way, if you read one, you will read all.

TOP PICK IN MYSTERY
On the eve of one of the bloodiest battles of World War I, a ragtag group of British officers gathers for one last drink before returning to the front of the Battle of the ­Somme. Over the course of the evening, the officers discover one thing they have in common: a love for a fairly new invention, the motorcar. They make a solemn vow to meet after the war and stage a motorcar rally from Paris to the French Riviera, not so much a race as it would be a joint affirmation of survival. Five of the seven beat the odds and live through the Somme. After the war, the survivors set off from Paris, each in his own motorcar, heading southward to the sea. And then the inexplicable accidents begin. One by one, the ex-officers succumb to suspicious causes of death. Enter Inspector Ian Rutledge, protagonist of the atmospheric mystery series penned by the mother-and-son writing team known as Charles Todd. Rutledge’s latest adventure, Racing the Devil, finds the Inspector in fine fettle, ably assisted by his right-hand man, the ghost of soldier Hamish MacLeod, who exists only in Rutledge’s battle-scarred memory. Can Rutledge identify and apprehend the killer before yet another of the ­Somme survivors meets an untimely death? Great pacing and a compelling story make this a delight for fans of history and mystery alike.

 

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