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A Cold Treachery by Charles Todd
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Ian Rutledge is assigned to investigate the murder of a family. A ten year old boy is missing. Either he is the killer, or missing in freezing weather. The entire village has turned out to search for him. But it has been days since the killings. It is hard to imagine the boy could be alive exposed to the brutal weather. The mother and son team, writing under the pen name Charles Todd, continue to explore the after effects of World War One on British society and on Ian Rutledge who suffers from his experiences of his years on the Somme.

The "Todds" keep this series delightfully fresh. And this case is a penetrating study of a horrendous crime. Suspects abound, all with close connections to the victims. The murder weapon is a revolver. Revolvers are accessible to every suspect. However, these are the days before ballistic examination. No solution will be found through lands and grooves. Once again Rutledge will use his instinctive observation of human behavior to unravel the brutal murders in "A Cold Treachery."
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