Wings of Fire

Wings of Fire

Book - 1998
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Baker & Taylor
In Cornwall two years after World War I, an influential relative of three murdered family members convinces Scotland Yard to send Inspector Ian Rutledge to investigate, unaware that Ian suffers shell shock from his own participation in the war effort

Blackwell North Amer
In Cornwall, England, three members of the same family have suddenly died. Among the dead is Olivia, the reclusive writer whose war poetry gave Ian Rutledge a handhold on sanity while he fought in the trenches of France. Although no evidence indicates foul play, a concerned and influential relative suspects that the deaths are actually murders, and she convinces Scotland Yard to send someone for a thorough investigation. Rutledge's rival, Bowles, sees the Cornwall incident as an opportunity to get the shell-shocked World War I veteran away from London where a recent Ripper-style killing spree promises celebrity for the detective who can crack the case.
Accompanying the inspector to Cornwall is Rutledge's constant "companion" Hamish, the young Scot whom he unwillingly had to execute on the battlefield and whose tormenting voice sounds in Rutledge's head, forcing him to face unpleasant truths.

Baker
& Taylor

Two years after World War I in Cornwall, England, an influential relative of three murdered family members convinces Scotland Yard to send Inspector Rutledge to investigate, unaware that Ian suffers shell shock from his own participation in the war effort. Mystery Guild Feat. Tour.

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 1998.
ISBN: 9780312170646
0312170645
Branch Call Number: M TOD
Characteristics: 294 p. ; 24 cm.

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Roundcat
Jun 02, 2017

This is the second book, and Hamish (the voice in his head) is a little less intrusive, which I appreciated. It must be distracting having someone telling you what to do all the time. It makes me appreciate the struggles of street people, who seem to be conversing with someone I can not see. Ian Rutledge's boss seems to assign him to the wild goose chase cases. He successfully pulled off the first one, so he's sent out to solve two suicides and an accident at the request of a woman who really wants confirmation that one of the suicides loves her, not the woman with whom he committed suicide. What she gets is a string of murders in her family. She doesn't want to have her life disrupted. The village doesn't want to have their view of the prominent, kindly family disrupted; but that is the result of Rutledge undertaking her request. Whether the solution to the crimes brought anyone relief or closure is doubtful. I felt as though I was going through the painstaking collection of evidence along with the villagers and the local police. It was sometimes irritating, but necessary to the resolution of the story. I hope for better things as the series progresses, because I really have gotten interested in Rutledge and hope he finds a better position than he has been given.

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fisherwoman1
Feb 10, 2017

I really loved this one. I have read everyone of this series I could get a hold of and the feeling of dread and foreboding was conveyed so eloquently. I don't understand how a mother and son writing team can write a book so thoroughly captivating and seem like a single author. I guess great minds think alike.

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paulsarkisian
Feb 24, 2015

Just an okay read, but it did captivate me enough to finish it. I found the plotting and Rutledge's investigation a little far fetched but, as always, the characterizations are pretty good, and I had some involvement by the end. Not one of my favorite Ian Rutledge books. The plotting may have been too ambitious to carry the story.

A good solid read by an author who knows his craft and set the protagonist in a pre-technology erra.

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