Set during Inspector Rutledge’s time in the Great War, Charles Todd’s short story introduces a born killer.
It’s World War I, and young Glaswegian Dougal Kerr is a new recruit in the British army. Dougal has no family and no past, but his easygoing demeanor belies his cheerless upbringing. There’s only one thing that gives Ian Rutledge pause: Dougal is very good at killing, and he doesn’t seem to mind it at all—in fact, he seems to relish it. In wartime, how does one tell the difference between a remorseless killer and “a guid soldier”?
“A Guid Soldier” by Charles Todd is one of 20 short stories within Mulholland Books’s Strand Originals series, featuring thrilling stories by the biggest names in mystery from the Strand Magazine archives.
Charles Todd is a pen named used by the mother-and-son writing team, Caroline and Charles Todd. They are best known for a series of novels set in post-World War I England following the cases of Inspector Ian Rutledge of the Scotland Yard. They are also the authors of a series featuring Bess Crawford, a nurse serving in France during WWI. Caroline and Charles Todd live in North Carolina and Delaware respectively.