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The confession
Charles Todd
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From Publishers' Weekly:

Set in 1920, Todd's excellent 14th mystery featuring Insp. Ian Rutledge (after 2011's A Lonely Death) offers an intriguing setup. When Wyatt Russell shows up at Scotland Yard and confesses to murdering a cousin, Justin Fowler, five year earlier, Rutledge is unwilling to accept the story at face value, especially since Russell refuses to explain why he killed Fowler. Russell, who's dying of cancer, agrees to lunch with the inspector in London, but divulges little more. Rutledge travels to a remote corner of Essex to pursue the few leads Russell provides, but receives an extremely hostile reception from the locals. The cold case takes an even stranger turn after Russell suffers a fatal gunshot wound to the back of his head. The plot convolutions compel, but the book's main strength is its remarkable lead, who has survived the trench warfare of WWI and remains haunted by what the exigencies of the battlefield forced him to do. Agent: Jane Chelius. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

From Library Journal:

Confession is deadly for the soul. Todd's 14th Ian Rutledge mystery finds the World War I vet and Scotland Yard inspector listening to a dying man's confession of murder. Wyatt Russell professes to have murdered his cousin Justin Fowler while on leave from the army several years prior. Rutledge's suspicions are heightened when Russell is discovered dead from a gunshot wound to the back of his head. The only clue Rutledge has is a woman's gold locket found around Russell's neck. With more questions than answers, Rutledge's search leads him to Russell's estate in Essex. There the villagers are openly hostile to Rutledge's inquiries. What are they hiding? Did Russell kill Fowler? Why would anyone kill a dying man? Rutledge must quickly solve the case because this killer's lust for vengeance is far from satiated. Verdict While Rutledge shines as the stalwart detective wrestling with his personal demons, the compelling mystery of shameful secrets and revenge are what keep these pages turning. Highly recommended for all historical mystery enthusiasts who like detectives with true grit. Jacqueline Winspear fans seeking new readalikes will also enjoy this intelligent series. [See Prepub Alert, 7/25/11.]-Susan O. Moritz, Montgomery Cty. P.L., MD (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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main characters Ian Rutledge
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Shell-shocked; haunted by memories of the war; discharged from a psychiatric hospital; fiancee left him; investigating the claim from a dying man who confessed to killing his cousin five years ago; discovers the man killed two weeks later with a bullet to his head.
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