By Charles Todd
"You'll grasp for this--see if you happen to don't! That's my revenge! And you'll take into consideration that once the rope is going round your neck and the black hood comes down...."
Called out by way of Scotland backyard into teeth of a violent snow fall, Inspector Ian Rutledge reveals himself faced with the most savage murders he has ever encountered. Rutledge may have anticipated such unspeakable carnage at the international battle I battlefields, the place he'd misplaced a lot of his soul--and his sanity--but now not in an differently peaceable farm kitchen in distant Urskdale.
Someone has murdered the Elcott kinfolk at their desk with no the least signal of fight. used to be the killer a person the younger relatives knew and relied on? while the sufferers are tallied the neighborhood police are in for one more surprise: one of many Elcotts' young ones, a boy named Josh, is missing.
Now the Inspector needs to race to discover a assassin and to avoid wasting a baby earlier than he's silenced via the cruel elements--or the even chillier fingers of a killer. Haunted and goaded by means of the soldier-ghost of his personal tortured battle previous, Rutledge will detect the tragedy of warfare that splintered one marriage--and pulled jointly another.
Love, jealousy, greed, revenge--or was once it a few twisted blend of them all? anyone could lead on a guy or girl to homicide. What had the Elcotts performed to ignite their killer's rage? With time operating out, Rutledge is familiar with all too good that this type of cold-blooded assassin might be hiding someplace within the blinding snow...
preparing to strike back.
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The iron gates were open, and no one seemed to be around in the afternoon sun. 'I guess we just walk in,' Pete decided. They went through the big gates, and started up a narrow, winding path through jungle-like vegetation. All at once, a loud, chilling scream echoed through the grounds. A scream like a woman or child in great pain. ' Bob whispered. 'I don't want to know,' Pete moaned. ' The agonized scream came again. Somewhere to the left. ' Bob cried. 'Come on,' Jupiter said. ' They moved cautiously through the tangled shrubbery.
Jupiter asked. Hal scratched his head. 'Well, it was a mountain, some horses, what looked like palm trees, and some almost naked people in front of a grass hut. ' Mr James cried. The artist's eyes were very excited. ' 'Sure I am. ' Jupiter said quickly. ' Mr James said, and went to rummage among many large books on a shelf. He opened one and flipped the pages. 'There! ' Hal looked at the picture in the book. They all did. ' Hal declared. ' 'Then what you saw was a print of a very famous painting by a great French painter named Francois Fortunard.
Somewhere to the left. ' Bob cried. 'Come on,' Jupiter said. ' They moved cautiously through the tangled shrubbery. The chilling scream sounded again--directly in front of them! Jupiter parted some thick leaves, and they looked through the bushes at a small clearing. Page 38 18_-_The_Mystery_of_the_Shrinking_House A huge spotted cat crouched in the clearing! Speechless, they looked at the green eyes that stared savagely at them. Even, as they watched, the tawny cat opened its fanged mouth--and gave the high, agonized scream.