The mother and son collaboration of Caroline and Charles Todd, writing
as Charles Todd, have another chapter in their acclaimed Inspector Ian Rutledge series, "Hunting Shadows." (William Morrow, 330 pages)
In the low country of Cambridgeshire, England, Inspector Rutledge finds himself hunting an assassin who is able to disappear in this land of fens and fog.
The murders begin at a wedding, when a guest, an army officer, is shot outside Ely Cathedral. The killing continues when a candidate for parliament is gunned down.
The slayings are simply too proficient to have been carried out by the average killer. Rutledge suspects the two crimes are the work of the same man and that this man has military training.
Empires are built on the backs of soldiers, but Rutledge knows that there is a danger to training men to kill as there is someone who has brought his deadly skills home to settle scores.
While he desperately searches for a connection between the two victims which may lead him to the motive which put these men in their assassin's cross-hairs, he scans military records searching for men trained as snipers.
The tormented detective Rutledge, still plagued with guilt for the death of Hamish MacLoud in the Great War, struggles to keep his sanity while finding a most elusive murderer in the misty regions of the Fens.