Scotland Yard s Inspector Ian Rutledge brought the Great War home with him, and its horrors haunt him still. On New Year s Eve 1919, he finds a brass cartridge casing, similar to countless others he d seen on the battlefield, on the steps of a friend s house. Soon there are more, purposely placed where he is sure to discover them.
Unexpectedly drawn away from London to a small Northamptonshire village, he investigates the strange case of a local constable shot with a bow and arrow in an allegedly spirit-infested wood. Here among the taciturn townsfolk, embroiled in a three-year-old mystery of a vanished young girl, Rutledge hopes to keep his own ghosts at bay.
But his stalker has followed him. And now the emotionally shattered policeman walking the razor s edge of sanity must somehow keep his balance long enough to discover who is tracking him...and why."e;