By Charles Todd
Within the ruins of Yorkshire's Fountains Abbey lies the physique of a guy wrapped in a cloak, the face lined through a fuel masks. subsequent to him is a ebook on alchemy, which belongs to the schoolmaster, a conscientious objector within the nice struggle. who's this guy, and is the research into his demise being manipulated by way of a thirst for revenge?
in the meantime, the British warfare place of work is trying to find a lacking guy in their personal, anyone whose struggle paintings was once so mystery that even Rutledge isn't instructed his actual identify or what he did.
the quest takes Rutledge to Berkshire, the place cottages as soon as outfitted to deal with lepers stand within the shadow of an exceptional white horse lower into the chalk hillside. the present population of the cottages are outcasts, too, hiding from their very own pasts. Who between them is telling the reality approximately their pals and who's twisting it?
here's a puzzle requiring all of Rutledge's bold and ability, for there are layers of lies and deception, whereas a ruthless killer is decided to carry directly to freedom at any fee. And the faded horse looming overhead serves as a reminder that demise isn't comprehensive with somebody, least of the entire males who fought within the trenches of France.
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This is my fuss closet," the professor said casually. "As you know, I have a rotten temper. And I lost it, just a few minutes before you came in, because I could not get the lid off that bloody jar downstairs! So, I came up here—as I always do in such cases—and I put on these clothes and took off my glasses and went into my fuss closet, and I fussed! I cursed and yelled and pounded the walls and floor. And you know, I feel much better now. " The professor heaved a deep, self-satisfied sigh and folded his arms.
A short, pale, bespectacled boy named Johnny Dixon was sitting in a big comfy easy chair in the parlor of his grandparents' house. Outside, it was snowing. Through the bay window you could see the flakes falling. The room was dark except for the faint yellow light that shone from the fan-shaped dial on the front of the big walnut Atwater Kent table-model radio that was next to the easy chair. Johnny's eyes were wide open. He was staring into the darkness and listening intently to the program. On his lap was a plate of Ritz crackers spread with pink pimiento-flavored cream cheese—Johnny always munched while he listened to the radio.
With a quick motion he flipped it back. And then he gasped. The inside of the book had been hollowed out. Only the outer part of each page was left. And in the hole that had been made were two things: a small rolled-up piece of yellowish paper tied with a faded red ribbon, and a strange little blue ceramic statue. The statue was shaped like an Egyptian mummy case. It had staring eyes and a tiny beaked nose and a smiling mouth and a scrolled goatee. The figure's arms were crossed over its breast in the Egyptian style.