The introspective hero of wings of Fire and A Test of Wills (Edgar Award nominee) return in a provocative new mystery. Inspector Ian Rutledge, haunted by memories of World War I and the harrowing presence of Hamish, a dead soldier, is ""a superb characterization of a man whose wounds have made him a stranger i his own land."" (The New York Times Book Review)
A dead woman two missing children bring Inspector Rutledge to the lovely Dorset town of Singeton Magna, where the truth lies buried with the dead. A tormented veteran whose family died in an enemy bombing is the chief suspect. Dubious, Rutledge presses on to find the real killer. And when another body is found in the rich Dorset earth, his quest reaches into the secret lives of villagers and Londoners whose privileged positions and private passions give them every reason to thwart him. Someone is protecting a murderer. And two children are out there, somewhere, the dark...
""Todd's Ian Rutledge mysteries are among the most intelligent and affective being written these days."" --The Washington Post Book World
""Evocative...An absorbing mystery."" --The Orlando Sentinel
""[A] profound and insightful rendering of a Britain between the wars."" --The Hartford Courant