Racing the Devil

Racing the Devil

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"Scotland Yard's Ian Rutledge finds himself caught in a twisted web of vengeance, old grievances, and secrets that lead back to World War I in the nineteenth installment of the acclaimed bestselling series. On the eve of the bloody Battle of the Somme, a group of English officers having a last drink before returning to the Front make a promise to each other: if they survive the battle ahead--and make it through the war--they will meet in Paris a year after the fighting ends. They will celebrate their good fortune by racing motorcars they beg, borrow, or own from Paris to Nice. In November 1919, the officers all meet as planned, and though their motorcars are not designed for racing, they set out for Nice. But a serious mishap mars the reunion. In the mountains just north of their destination, two vehicles are nearly run off the road, and one man is badly injured. No one knows--or will admit to knowing--which driver was at the wheel of the rogue motorcar. Back in England one year later, during a heavy rainstorm, a driver loses control on a twisting road and is killed in the crash. Was it an accident due to the hazardous conditions? Or premeditated murder? Is the crash connected in some way to the unfortunate events in the mountains above Nice the year before? The dead driver wasn't in France--although the motorcar he drove was. If it was foul play, was it a case of mistaken identity? Or was the dead man the intended victim after all? Investigating this perplexing case, Scotland Yard Inspector Ian Rutledge discovers that the truth is elusive--and that the villages on the South Downs, where the accident happened, are adept at keeping secrets, frustrating his search. Determined to remain in the shadows this faceless killer is willing to strike again to stop Rutledge from finding him. This time, the victim he chooses is a child, and it will take all of Rutledge's skill to stop him before an innocent young life is sacrificed"--
Publisher: New York, New York : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, ©2017.
ISBN: 9780062386212
Characteristics: 341 pages ;,24 cm.

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theat
Dec 16, 2017

Excellent book in a great series. Hamish plays a reduced role here - good in a way because after so many stories, we can hope Rutledge is getting better.

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MaryElizabeth17
Oct 28, 2017

This is a good addition to the Ian Rutledge series of mysteries. The authors are excellent at creating the atmosphere of WWI so much so that I think one of them is at least an amateur historian fascinated by this specific range of years. The other thing, not as evident in this novel as others, but still there is a familiarity with PTSD. They are writing from inside that experience, not from a remove. I like the Hamish character - if he can be said to be a character - even though they don't use him as a device as frequently anymore. I wish they would. It is one aspect of the Ian Rutledge character is the utterly unique in the history of British detectives. The reader can see what it is like to come back from war and be haunted by it in the midst of carrying on.

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dougslater
Aug 26, 2017

I liked this entry in the Inspector Rutledge series. Always fun to read of the English countryside that provides the setting for these stories involving mystery and confusing murder mayhem.

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WhidbeyIslander
Aug 18, 2017

As usual, the writing carries the story along. It takes a while for Rutledge to unravel the motive behind a string of deaths that may or may not be connected. The setting (a small hamlet slowly being devoured by the sea,) is interesting. As in other books, Rutledge is sleep-deprived, which may be why -- as he uncovers the culprit's identity -- he does one thing that I found a true head-scratcher. Those into the series will not be disappointed.

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EmilyEm
Jun 13, 2017

Scotland Yard’s Ian Rutledge is sent to Sussex to discover clues to the death of the local vicar. Automobiles play a big part in this story, especially a post-WW I ‘race’ from Paris to Nice by some in this story. Book had great atmosphere and setting due to its Sussex location, but thought the whole premise a bit contrived. Not the best from this writing team.

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jazpur
Mar 31, 2017

A bit formulaic but nevertheless an excellent read with plenty of twists and a raft of murders before the villain is finally unmasked.Bess Crawford and her aunt lend a hand along the way and Hamish as always in Rutledge's ear.

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