By Charles Todd
"You'll hold for this--see for those who don't! That's my revenge! And you'll take into consideration that once the rope is going round your neck and the black hood comes down...."
Called out via Scotland backyard into teeth of a violent snowfall, Inspector Ian Rutledge reveals himself faced with essentially the most savage murders he has ever encountered. Rutledge may have anticipated such unspeakable carnage at the international struggle I battlefields, the place he'd misplaced a lot of his soul--and his sanity--but now not in an differently peaceable farm kitchen in distant Urskdale.
Someone has murdered the Elcott relatives at their desk with out the least signal of fight. used to be the killer an individual the younger relations knew and relied on? whilst the sufferers are tallied the neighborhood police are in for an additional surprise: one of many Elcotts' young ones, a boy named Josh, is missing.
Now the Inspector needs to race to discover a assassin and to avoid wasting a baby sooner than he's silenced by way of the cruel elements--or the even less warm palms of a killer. Haunted and goaded by way of the soldier-ghost of his personal tortured battle prior, Rutledge will observe the tragedy of struggle that splintered one marriage--and pulled jointly another.
Love, jealousy, greed, revenge--or was once it a few twisted blend of them all? anyone may lead a guy or lady to homicide. What had the Elcotts performed to ignite their killer's rage? With time working out, Rutledge understands all too good that any such cold-blooded assassin can be hiding someplace within the blinding snow...
preparing to strike back.
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She was, of course, conscious of her figure. She was also conscious of the fact that if her waist should expand, the rest of her figure would be damaged. So she did a lot of swimming and walking. " Mason asked. "She tried to be. She wanted exercise. The average man who wanted to swim with her wasn't particularly keen on that sort of exercise; in fact, very few of them could keep up with her. She walked and ran and swam and, of course, acquired a delightful sun tan. "Since women of that build like to admire themselves in the nude in front of mirrors, and are painfully conscious of the white streaks which mar the smooth sun tan where convention decrees a minimum of clothing should be worn, Dianne supplemented her weekday swimming parties by lying in the nude in a sun bath she had constructed in the privacy of the back yard.
Mason looked at her sharply but found nothing other than an expression of innocence on her face. Abruptly the telephone rang. Della Street picked up the instrument. "Hello," she said in a low voice. "This is Mr. " Dianne Alder's voice came over the phone in a rush of words. -- Della, I have to have that contract back right away. " Della asked. "Because . . well, because I guess I shouldn't have let it out of my possession. There's a proviso in the contract that I'm to do everything I can to avoid premature publicity and-- Gosh, Della, I guess I made a booboo even letting you have it or talking about the arrangement.
Will do," Drake said and went out in a rush, slamming the door behind him. Drake had been out of the office less than ten minutes when the phone rang and Della Street relayed the message from the receptionist. "Dianne Alder is in the office," she reported. Mason's frown suddenly lightened into a smile. " he said. "She's taken the bait and now someone has jerked the line and she's feeling the hook. " Della Street nodded, hurried through the door to the reception room and was back in a few moments with an apologetic Dianne Alder.
A Cold Treachery (Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery, Book 7) by Charles Todd