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Tug of War
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1926. The war-ravaged vineyards of France. In this masterpiece of suspense from CWA Historical Dagger Award winner Barbara Cleverly, a nameless soldier plunges Scotland Yard inspector Joe Sandilands into a shifting world of deception, rage, and murder. A well-earned vacation takes a sharp detour when Sandilands is called to France, where a shell-shocked patient a tragic casualty of war is in the throes of a violent nightmare. Trying to determine the mystery man s identity proves a difficult, internationally delicate task: several families are claiming the unknown soldier as their own. But it is at a famed chateau, where the wine flows and disturbing secrets abound, that Sandilands meets a woman who takes his investigation in a chillingly different direction. Strong-willed and alluring Aline Houdart s husband has been missing and presumed dead for nearly ten years. Her true motives are as elusive as the truth about a long-ago night when a horrific crime was committed and lives changed forever. Now Sandilands, an ex-soldier himself, a man who has seen his share of bloodshed and sorrow, is waging his own battle for justice. It is a fight for his fallen comrades that will unmask a killer. Or bury the truth forever "
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Barbara Cleverly is the author of nine novels of historical suspense, including The Damascened Blade, winner of the CWA Ellis Peters Historical Dagger Award, The Last Kashmiri Rose, Ragtime in Simla, The Palace Tiger, The Bee's Kiss, Tug of War, An Old Magic and The Tomb of Zeus. She lives in Cambridge, England where she is now at work on the newest Joe Scandilands novel, Folly du Jour.

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"Places Cleverly in the first rank of historical mystery writers. . . It evokes and in some ways surpasses, the work of Agatha Christie." "Stellar . . . As always, the author scrupulously plays fair, and the careful reader who puts the pieces together will be gratified with a logical and chilling explanation." "As always, Cleverly combines a colorful historical setting (London standing in this time for India) with a complex plot and well-developed characters. The Sandilands series, now five books old, would make a natural for fans of Elizabeth Peters' Amelia Peabody."

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