By Charles Todd
It's New Year's Eve, 1919. Scotland backyard Inspector Ian Rutledge has followed his sister to the house of mutual acquaintances for dinner yet will get a decision from the workplace and has to depart. at the steps outdoor, he sees a brass cartridge casing, like numerous others he's noticeable through the warfare. yet this one has an engraving within the steel. Curious, he wallet it.
quickly after, Rutledge is at the southern coast of britain aiding the neighborhood police trap a assassin. paintings performed, on a whim he drives alongside the cliffs overlooking the Atlantic and takes a stroll out at the headland. Returning to his automobile, he unearths one other engraved cartridge casing at the driver's seat. He's been followed.
The cartridge casing turns out to indicate to the struggle and unfinished enterprise there. to stick alive within the face of an unknown and unseen adversary, Rutledge is pressed to the boundaries of his talents. He's the prey. yet who's the hunter?
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