Search the DarkBook - 1999
Scotland Yard's most intrepid inspector is sent to Dorset with strict orders to coordinate the search for two missing children, but his investigation is complicated by his growing feelings for a potential suspect
Blackwell North Amer
In his mysteries Charles Todd transcends the boundaries of the form to bring us works built on the basic premise of any good fiction - to show and reflect on the myriad facets of the human condition. Search the Dark, the latest in his post-World War I series featuring Inspector Ian Rutledge, sends the war-damaged detective to a small Dorset town to locate two missing children. The body of a woman, assumed to be their mother, has been found. The local police have a suspect, a mentally unhinged veteran who believes he has glimpsed his wife and children on a railway platform there, even though he'd been told they'd died in an enemy bombing.
Face-to-face with a darkness more profound than that in his own mind, and goaded by Hamish, his jeering omnipresent demon, Rutledge goes beyond his authorized mission to find the answer to the questions that torment him. Is the poor devil in the local jail guilty of murder? If not, who is? And still gnawing at him and his superiors is the question: What has become of the children?
Scotland Yard's most intrepid inspector is sent to Dorset with strict orders to coordinate the search for two missing children, but his investigation is complicated by his growing feelings for a potential suspect.
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After WWI, a man going to job interview via train, sees a woman & 2 children on platform. He thinks they are wife and children who supposedly died in a bombing. He goes back and cant find them, but is soon arrested for woman's murder. Rutledge is called in from Scotland Yard to find children, dead or alive. He discovers woman is working woman with ambition and somewhat mysterious past.
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