By Charles Todd
“Charles Todd hasn’t made a misstep but in his stylish sequence that includes Scotland backyard detective Ian Rutledge, and A topic of Justice retains the streak going.”
—Cleveland simple Dealer
The Washington Post calls the Ian Rutledge novels via Charles Todd, “one of the simplest ancient sequence being written today.” A subject of Justice—the 11th within the New York instances Notable, Edgar® Award-nominated, and Barry Award-winning series—brings again the haunted British police inspector and nonetheless shell-shocked international conflict One veteran in a story of unspeakable homicide in a small English village stuffed to bursting with darkish secrets and techniques and useful suspects. A New York occasions bestseller as spellbinding and evocative because the better of Ruth Rendell, Anne Perry, Martha Grimes, and P.D. James, A subject of Justice represents a brand new excessive for this unparalleled storyteller.
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