A Pale Horse : A Novel of Suspense, Paperback Book

A Pale Horse : A Novel of Suspense Paperback

Part of the Inspector Ian Rutledge Mysteries series

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The Great War never relinquished its hold on Scotland Yard Inspector Ian Rutledge, leaving him haunted and isolated, unable to forget.

In the spring of 1920, he's dispatched to Berkshire to find a missing man whose war work is so secret even Rutledge cannot know its true nature.

Meanwhile, miles away, an unidentified body has been discovered in the ruins of a Yorkshire abbey, clothed in a monk's robe and wearing a gas mask.In the shadow of a great white horse cut into the chalk hillside-where cottages once built to house the sick and untouchable now shelter outcasts like himself-Rutledge must extract a terrible truth from those who hide from the past.

For death is never quite finished with anyone, least of all the men who fought in the bloody trenches of France.


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A body with no identity, a missing person. This seemed a no-brainer to me. I know they had fingerprinting in the 1920s, or at least I'm pretty sure they did. I think that is one reason why I'm dissatisfied with the whole story; Inspector Rutledge behaved more as an amateur than as a Scotland Yard professional. Another reason was the dialogue. People went from calm to boiling with no reason whatsoever. There was no intelligence, cleverness or humor in the conversations. Mostly vagueness. It was tiring. Aside from that, or in spite of it, I still found this a decent read. The setting and Inspector Rutledge himself have much promise. It is the sort of mystery I can easily read, but won't ever reread.

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