Search the Dark

Search the Dark

Paperback - 2000
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The introspective hero of Wings of Fire and A Test of Wills (Edgar Award nominee) returns in Search the Dark , a provocative new mystery by Charles Todd. 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 in his own land." ( The New York Times Book Review )

A dead woman and two missing children bring Inspector Rutledge to the lovely Dorset town of Singleton 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, in the dark....

Publisher: New York :, St. Martin's Paperbacks,, 2000
Edition: St. Martin's Paperbacks edition
Copyright Date: ©1999
ISBN: 9780312971281
Branch Call Number: MYS TOD
Characteristics: 310 pages ; 18 cm

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AuntJane Jul 26, 2017

I started reading this series for Mystery Book Group. I like the detective and want to read some more about him and his work at Scotland Yard - the time frame just after WWI I find very interesting. Lots of twists and turns keeps you guessing till the end!

SanRafaelStaff_Joan Jul 14, 2016

I try to read just about anything that crosses my path having to do with World War One. This mystery is pretty long-winded, but what I appreciate from Todd is his psychological descriptions of the people who were fighting in that war. Especially the British and French men and women who were in combat for YEARS, if they survived. The emotional toll was devastating, and Todd helps us glimpse this trauma. My grandfather went over in 2017 with the AEF, and was gassed. I never talked to him about his experience. He saw very little combat, being there for only about one year, and was invalided out just before the Armistice. I read these books to try to discern what his experience may have been like.

This is a dumb title and the lost children are early identified. The police work is uninspired... why did we not find out early on that the murdered woman had born a child, why frustrate the reader leaving an obvious question unanswered. As usual lots of plot twists and lots of causation due to WWI PTSD. Sad, judgemental society. I don't get the point, it is not good over evil and the characters are not rewarding psychological studies.

This is a dumb title and the lost children are early identified. The police work is uninspired... why did we not find out early on that the murdered woman had born a child, why frustrate the reader leaving an obvious question unanswered. As usual lots of plot twists and lots of causation due to WWI PTSD. Sad, judgemental society. I don't get the point, it is not good over evil and the characters are not rewarding psychological studies.

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Mar 20, 2011

After WWI, a man going to job interview via train, sees a woman & 2 children on platform. He thinks they are wife and children who supposedly died in a bombing. He goes back and cant find them, but is soon arrested for woman's murder. Rutledge is called in from Scotland Yard to find children, dead or alive. He discovers woman is working woman with ambition and somewhat mysterious past.

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