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By Charles Todd

The nice warfare has been won—but victory has its fee. The yr is 1919, and Ian Rutledge has lower back to London to renew his place as Scotland backyard inspector, bringing nightmares and ghosts domestic with him from the French battlefields. Tormented and struggling with shell surprise, he's instantly plunged into the affair of a favored colonel believed murdered by means of a embellished struggle hero—a case that could be a own and political minefield that may damage Rutledge's occupation and what is still of his sanity.

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I reach into the drawer, slide out a wicked knife, and whittle a half-inch away from all four sides of the cake. Precisely. Like a surgeon amputating someone’s arms and legs. I chew thoughtfully. “Good job,” I hear Old Lady Campbell telling Zack. “Good job,” I say to what’s left of the crumb cake. But why am I uneasy? I have a lot to be uneasy about. And the very worst is Diglio, with a bomb unburied in his backyard. Bomb. I stand up. The chair tips over and bangs against the refrigerator. I rush down the hall—­past the bedroom with Fred in a frenzy—­and slam open the studio door.

Ursula’s front lawn, get soaked in the sprinkler, and head for our kitchen door. 54 Chapter 10 Mom is in the backyard with Mary, pruning the rosebush. “Maybe I can save it yet,” she says. ” I don’t stop. ” She wipes her forehead. ” “Learning Bach,” Zack says. I’m almost dancing up and down on the back steps as he launches into Bach’s life story. He’s probably making half of it up. At last we skitter into the kitchen and grab a pair of tuna fish sandwiches to take with us. Linny blocks the hallway.

But now Zack is making pizza eyes at me that fortunately Pop can’t see. For a moment I’m confused. Then I see Pop’s shovel leaning against the wall with his wire cutters, hacksaw, and a loop of rope. I hardly pay attention to the rest of Pop’s talk. I’m trying to think how we’ll explain what we’re doing with 37 that stuff. I decide to meet the whole thing head-on. “We’ll build Steadman a playhouse,” I say. But for once Zack doesn’t get it. ” His voice is desperate. I understand. Following Steadman around will make this the worst summer on record.

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