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A Test of Wills

(1996)
(The first book in the Ian Rutledge series)
A novel by

 
Awards
Dilys Awards Best Book (nominee)
In 1914, Ian Rutledge left a brilliant career at Scotland Yard to fight in the Great War. Now, in 1919, he is back, burdened with a heavy secret: he is still suffering from shell shock. With him almost constantly is the cynical, taunting voice of the young Scots soldier he was forced to have executed on the battlefield for refusing to fight.

In a desperate gamble to salvage his sanity, Rutledge takes up his duties at Scotland Yard. But a colleague, jealous of Rutledge's pre-war successes, has learned his secret and maneuvers to have him assigned to a case that promises to spell disaster no matter what the outcome. In a Warwickshire village, a popular retired military officer has been murdered, and the chief suspect is, unhappily for the Inspector, a much-decorated war hero and a friend of the Prince of Wales.

Rutledge, fighting his malady and the tormentor in his head (who is the personification of his own doubts and guilt), doggedly goes about his investigation. He digs into the lives of the villagers: the victim's ward, a young woman now engaged to the chief suspect; a local artist shunned because of her love for a German prisoner; the reclusive cousins whose cottage adjoins the dead man's estate. But the witness who might be able to tell him the most is a war-ravaged ex-soldier who chills Rutledge with the realization that if he loses control of himself, he could become this man.

A TEST OF WILLS is an extraordinary first novel in a series that combines a unique kind of psychological suspense with vivid atmosphere and a tantalizing mystery.

Genre: Historical Mystery    Get it on Google Play

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Hardback Editions

November 1998 : UK Hardback
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Title: A Test of Wills
Author(s): Charles Todd
ISBN: 0-7089-4006-4 / 978-0-7089-4006-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Ulverscroft Large Print Books Ltd
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January 1997 : USA Hardback
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Title: A Test of Wills (G. K. Hall Mystery)
Author(s): Charles Todd
ISBN: 0-7838-2023-2 / 978-0-7838-2023-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: G. K. Hall & Company
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June 1997 : UK Hardback

Title: A Test of Wills
Author(s): Charles Todd
ISBN: 0-7472-1987-7 / 978-0-7472-1987-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Headline
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August 1996 : USA Hardback
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Title: A Test of Wills
Author(s): Charles Todd
ISBN: 0-312-14431-8 / 978-0-312-14431-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: St. Martins Press
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Paperback Editions

August 2011 : USA Paperback
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Title: A Test of Wills: The First Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery (Inspector Ian Rutledge Mysteries)
Author(s): Charles Todd
ISBN: 0-06-209161-1 / 978-0-06-209161-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
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March 2010 : USA Paperback
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Title: A Test of Wills (Inspector Ian Rutledge Mysteries)
Author(s): Charles Todd
ISBN: 0-06-194627-3 / 978-0-06-194627-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: HarperLuxe
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December 2006 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: A Test of Wills (Inspector Ian Rutledge Mysteries)
Author(s): Charles Todd
ISBN: 0-06-124284-5 / 978-0-06-124284-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Harper
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July 1998 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: A Test of Wills (Inspector Ian Rutledge Mysteries)
Author(s): Charles Todd
ISBN: 0-553-57759-X / 978-0-553-57759-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Bantam
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September 1997 : UK Paperback
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Title: A Test of Wills
Author(s): Charles Todd
ISBN: 0-7472-5737-X / 978-0-7472-5737-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Headline
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Audio Editions

September 2012 : USA Audio edition
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Title: A Test of Wills
Author(s): Charles Todd
Publisher: Recorded Books
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September 2012 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: A Test of Wills
Author(s): Charles Todd
Publisher: Recorded Books
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September 2012 : UK Audio edition
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Title: A Test of Wills
Author(s): Charles Todd
Publisher: Recorded Books
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1999 : UK Audio Cassette
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Title: A Test of Wills [Unabridged Audio Cassette]
Author(s): Charles Todd
ISBN: 1-84197-006-9 / 978-1-84197-006-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Clipper Audio
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1996 : UK Audio CD
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Title: A Test of Wills: A Mystery [UNABRIDGED] (Audio CD)
Author(s): Charles Todd
ISBN: 1-84197-092-1 / 978-1-84197-092-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Clipper Audio
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Kindle Editions

October 2009 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: A Test of Wills: The First Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery
Author(s): Charles Todd
Publisher: William Morrow
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