The black ascot / Charles Todd.

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      Summary: An astonishing tip from a grateful ex-convict seems implausible--but Inspector Ian Rutledge is intrigued and brings it to his superior at Scotland Yard. Alan Barrington, who has evaded capture for ten years, is the suspect in an appalling murder during Black Ascot, the famous 1910 royal horse races honoring the late King Edward VII. His disappearance began a manhunt that consumed Britain for a decade. Now it appears that Barrington has returned to England, giving the Yard a last chance to retrieve its reputation and see justice done.
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Booklist Reviews 2019 February #2

The latest Ian Rutledge mystery, set in 1921, finds the Scotland Yard inspector on the trail of a man who appeared to have vanished 10 years earlier: Alan Barrington, the prime suspect in a high-profile murder. Now, it seems, Barrington has come out of hiding. But why? Soon Rutledge realizes that solving this decade-old cold case could also help him answer some pressing questions about himself and his memories of the Great War that still haunt him (and, as regular readers know, the haunting is not entirely metaphorical). The authors—Charles Todd is the pseudonym used by a mother-and-son writing team—have written 21 Rutledge novels, but they have never let the series settle into an easy formula, and they always keep the reader guessing. This one feels just as fresh as the early Rutledge novels (the series debuted with 1996's A Test of Wills). Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

PW Reviews 2018 December #2

Set in 1921, bestseller Todd's solid 21st mystery featuring Scotland Yarder Ian Rutledge (after 2018's The Gatekeeper) finds Rutledge defusing a hostage situation he encounters by chance in an English village. One of the people involved reports having heard of a recent sighting of Alan Barrington, a fugitive from justice. In 1910, Barrington was suspected of intentionally damaging a motorcar whose subsequent crash near the Ascot racetrack claimed the life of Blanche Fletcher-Munro and badly injured her husband, Harold. Despite a wide net cast by the police, Barrington evaded capture. Rutledge gets permission to pursue the new lead and seeks out Harold, whom Barrington held responsible for the suicide of his close friend Mark Thorne, Blanche's first husband. The inspector finds reason to question the cause of Thorne's death and the evidence against Barrington. Todd (the mother-and-son writing team of Caroline and Charles Todd) fails to make the most of a late dramatic development involving the psychologically damaged Rutledge. Still, this long-running series shows no sign of losing steam. Agent: Lisa Gallagher, DeFiore and Co. (Feb.)

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