â€śTodd has written a first novel that speaks out, urgently and compassionately, for a long-dead generationâ€¦.A meticulously wrought puzzle.â€ťâ€”New York Times Book Reviewâ€śAn intricately plotted mystery. With this remarkable debut, Charles Todd breaks new ground in the historical crime novel.â€ťâ€”Peter Lovesey, author of The Circleâ€śYouâ€™re going to love Todd.â€ť â€”Stephen King, Entertainment WeeklyThe first novel to feature war-damaged Scotland Yard inspector Ian Rutledge, A Test of Wills is the book that brought author Charles Todd into the spotlight. This EdgarÂ® and Anthony Award-nominated, New York Times Notable mystery brilliantly evokes post-World War I Great Britain and introduces readers to one of crime fictionâ€™s most compelling series protagonists. Here the shell-shocked Rutledge struggles to retain his fragile grip on sanity while investigating the death of a popular army colonel, murdered, it appears, by a decorated war hero with ties to the Royal Family. A phenomenal writer, a twisting puzzle, a character-rich re-creation of an extraordinary time and placeâ€¦it all adds up to one exceptional read that will delight fans of Elizabeth George, Martha Grimes, Jacqueline Winspear, Ruth Rendell, and other masters of the British procedural.