They were also both jilted by the woman they loved.” The Todds noted, “Stephen is the ultra ego of Rutledge in some ways, and that is probably one of the reasons why he wanted to follow through and find the killer.They both developed levels of coping skills and were solitary people.This novel has Rutledge pursuing the truth and finding a solution.He has a dogged determination to keep tracking the killer.” Having left his sister’s wedding in a distraught mood Rutledge decides to take a car trip.An interesting piece to the storyline is the similarities between the victim, Stephen, and the detective, Rutledge.
Fortunately, their ideas changed when they met me in person!
Rutledge always listens, and appears to have given Hamish a life that was taken away.
Hamish is real to Rutledge, sometimes antagonistic, sometimes supportive, sometimes part of his unconscious perception, an inner-self.
He is not only the investigator, but is the first person on the scene so he has become a witness as well.
Because this is a different type of mystery, The Todds wanted to make sure readers understand that it is not a puzzle where “there is a race between the writer and the reader as to who figures it out first.
CFL is like a tidal wave of American men in love with Chinese women, with only a rare American woman/Chinese husband surfacing to break the monotony. Several years ago, when my husband enrolled in a New Oriental class in Shanghai for GRE prep, the instructor warned all of the Chinese men: “If you’re going to study abroad, prepare for four lonely years.” The underlying message was, don’t expect to fall in love — but be pleasantly surprised if it happens.