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Wings of Fire

By Charles Todd

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Format: Paperback, 320 pages
Published In: United States, 31 December 1999
In Charles Todd's Wings of Fire, Inspector Ian Rutledge is quickly sent to investigate the sudden deaths of three members of the same eminent Cornwall family, but the World War I veteran soon realizes that nothing about this case is routine. Including the identity of one of the dead, a reclusive spinster unmasked as O. A. Manning, whose war poetry helped Rutledge retain his grasp on sanity in the trenches of France. Guided by the voice of Hamish, the Scot he unwillingly executed on the battlefield, Rutledge is driven to uncover the haunting truths of murder and madness rooted in a family crypt...

About the Author

Charles Todd lives on America's East Coast, but he knows England well. Intrigued by puzzles in the human spirit, he is the author of the critically acclaimed Inspector Ian Rutledge series, including Wings of Fire and Search the Dark.

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"Fine writing. A spectacular conclusion that rejuvenates the cliche 'It was a dark and stormy night.'" --Washington Post Book World"A strong mystery, filled with fine characterizations [and] a superb eye for Cornwall...Wise and wily." --The Boston Globe"[Todd wraps] his challenging plot, complex characters, and subtle psychological insights in thick layers of atmosphere." --The New York Times Book Review Fine writing. A spectacular conclusion that rejuvenates the cliche 'It was a dark and stormy night.' Washington Post Book World A strong mystery, filled with fine characterizations [and] a superb eye for Cornwall...Wise and wily. The Boston Globe [Todd wraps] his challenging plot, complex characters, and subtle psychological insights in thick layers of atmosphere. The New York Times Book Review" Fine writing. A spectacular conclusion that rejuvenates the cliche 'It was a dark and stormy night.' "Washington Post Book World" A strong mystery, filled with fine characterizations [and] a superb eye for Cornwall...Wise and wily. "The Boston Globe" [Todd wraps] his challenging plot, complex characters, and subtle psychological insights in thick layers of atmosphere. "The New York Times Book Review"" "Fine writing. A spectacular conclusion that rejuvenates the cliche 'It was a dark and stormy night.'"-- "Washington Post Book World" "A strong mystery, filled with fine characterizations [and] a superb eye for Cornwall...Wise and wily."-- "The Boston Globe" "[Todd wraps] his challenging plot, complex characters, and subtle psychological insights in thick layers of atmosphere."-- "The New York Times Book Review"

EAN: 9780312965686
ISBN: 0312965680
Publisher: St Martin's Press
Dimensions: 17.12 x 10.62 x 2.34 centimetres (0.05 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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Charles Todd's Inspector Ian Rutledge is one of those great characters of British crime fiction. He fought in the trenches of WWI France, and came back a shattered man, carrying the guilt of what he had seen in the war. The twist is that his guilt takes form as a very convincing delusion. Rutledge hears the voice of a man who died under his command. This voice, a Scottish officer called Hamish, serves as Rutledge's conscience. It is also the voice of his intuition, which he fears he lost in the war. I love the setting of between-the-wars England. So much devastation and loss, but people had to try and move on. In Wings of Fire, Rutledge investigates several suspicious deaths, including that of a famous poet. He always seems to be sent on the cases that are politically sensitive, and indeed there are hints that his Scotland Yard superior knows his weakness and is hoping he will fail. Rutledge was a huge fan of the poet, who he knew as O.A. Manning. No one realized until her death in an apparent double suicide that the poet was a woman, a spinster living in a small village. When she died, in a strange pact with her half-brother, Rutledge must find out the family's secrets. They have plenty, and I enjoyed following Rutledge's investigation. The author evokes life in a small English village very convincingly, and you are always involved emotionally with the tormented Rutledge.

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