A Matter of Justice

A Matter of Justice

Book - 2009
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At the turn of the century, in a war taking place far from England, two soldiers chance upon an opportunity that will change their lives forever. To take advantage of it, they will be required to do the unthinkable, and then to put the past behind them. But not all memories are so short. Twenty years later, a successful London businessman is found savagely and bizarrely murdered in a medieval tithe barn on his estate in Somerset. Called upon to investigate, Scotland Yard inspector Ian Rutledge soon discovers that the victim was universally despised. Even the man's wife - who appears to be his wife in name only - and the town's police inspector are suspect. But who, among the many, hated him enough to kill? Rutledge tenaciously follows a well-concealed trail reaching back to an act so barbarous and with consequences so devastating that even the innocent are enveloped by the murderous tide of events. As he summons all his skills to break through a wall of silence in time to stem this tide, others are eager to twist the truth for their own ends. When justice takes a malevolent turn, can Rutledge's own career survive?
Publisher: New York : William Morrow, c2009
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780061233593
Characteristics: 330 p. ; 24 cm


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Aug 09, 2017

More of the same .... which is to say, well-written, with interesting and well-drawn characters, evocative locations (especially the parts set on the Scilly Isles). I still find the inclusion (or intrusion) of Hamish a little annoying, but the overall writing is reason enough to keep reading the series. This one has a plausible motive (unlike a few earlier entries), and as usual some of the characters act in ways you would prefer they didn't. But that's life.

Jun 12, 2012

An excellent mystery with a complex and surprising ending.

Jan 03, 2009

Recommended by Costco.


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