By Charles Todd
It's New Year's Eve, 1919. Scotland backyard Inspector Ian Rutledge has observed his sister to the house of mutual acquaintances for dinner yet will get a choice from the place of work and has to depart. at the steps outdoors, he sees a brass cartridge casing, like numerous others he's noticeable through the struggle. yet this one has an engraving within the steel. Curious, he wallet it.
quickly after, Rutledge is at the southern coast of britain supporting the neighborhood police seize a assassin. paintings performed, on a whim he drives alongside the cliffs overlooking the Atlantic and takes a stroll out at the headland. Returning to his motor vehicle, he unearths one other engraved cartridge casing at the driver's seat. He's been followed.
The cartridge casing turns out to indicate to the warfare and unfinished company there. to stick alive within the face of an unknown and unseen adversary, Rutledge is pressed to the bounds of his abilities. He's the prey. yet who's the hunter?
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