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As rural England slowly emerges from the sorrow of World War I, a particularly vicious attack on a household in a small Surrey village leaves five butchered bodies and no explanation for the killings. Sent by Scotland Yard to investigate is Inspector John Madden, a man still recovering from his own war experience and from the deaths of his wife and child. The local police dismiss the slaughter as a botched robbery, but Madden detects the signs of a madman at work. With the help of beautiful Dr. Helen Blackwell, who introduces him to the new science of criminal psychology, Madden sets out to capture the killer, even as the murderer sets his sights on his next innocent victims.

As darkly stylish as the best P.D. James, rippled with tension and resonant with historical atmosphere, River of Darkness marks the debut of a powerful new voice in suspense writing.

Review:

"It's the tactics and terrain, the morale and the characters that make the difference between an average thriller and one as good as this." New York Times Book Review

Review:

"Fans of Thomas Harris will enjoy this book and can take heart in knowing that another Madden tale is already in the works." Library Journal

Review:

"All the familiar elements of suspense writing are given an unusual and satisfying twist in this grim and fascinating thriller set in the English countryside....A fine, frightening piece of work." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"[R]eaders who are looking for smart, well-plotted psychological mysteries will be delighted." Booklist

Synopsis:

Upon its original publication, River of Darkness awed readers who look for intelligent, well-plotted psychological mysteries. This "fine, frightening piece of work" (Kirkus Reviews) introduces inspector John Madden who, in the years following World War I, is sent to a small village to investigate a particularly gruesome attack. The local police dismiss the slaughter as a botched robbery, but Madden detects the signs of a madman at work. With the help of Dr. Helen Blackwell, who introduces him to the latest developments in criminal psychology, Madden sets out to identify and capture the killer, even as the murderer sets his sights on his next innocent victims.

Synopsis:

Inspector John Madden—who debuted in River of Darkness—returns in a gripping post–World War II murder mystery

On a quiet afternoon in 1947, retired bank manager Oswald Gibson is shot in the head while fishing. In Scotland, a respectable family doctor is killed in the same

manner—and with the same gun. What is the connection? Scotland Yards Detective Inspector Billy Styles and local detective Vic Chivers are baffled until a letter from

Gibson is discovered that might shed some light on the case—a letter concerning former Scotland Yard detective John Madden. Despite Maddens legendary memory, he has no recollection of meeting Gibson or any idea of what their relationship might have been. Madden is happily retired from police work, but agrees to help his former protégé Styles and the clues they uncover only deepen the mystery. When a third man is killed in a similar fashion, Madden and Styles find themselves in a race against time to find the killer before another man ends up dead.

A smart, intricately plotted mystery, this is the fourth title in the critically acclaimed and much loved John Madden series.

Synopsis:

Upon its original publication, River of Darkness awed readers who look for intelligent, well-plotted psychological mysteries. This andldquo;fine, frightening piece of workandrdquo; (Kirkus

Reviews) introduces inspector John Madden who, in the years following World War I, is sent to a small village to investigate a particularly gruesome attack. The local police dismiss the slaughter as a botched robbery, but Madden detects the signs of a madman at work. With the help of Dr. Helen Blackwell, who introduces him to the latest developments in criminal psychology, Madden sets out to identify and capture the killer, even as the murderer sets his sights on his next innocent victims.

About the Author

Rennie Airth was born in South Africa and worked as a foreign correspondent for Reuters before becoming a novelist. He is the author of two other John Madden mysteries, River of Darkness, a finalist for the Edgar Award for Best Novel and a Macavity Award for Best Mystery, and a New York Times Notable Book, and The Blood-Dimmed Tide. He lives in Cortona, Italy.

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Toni Farris, July 20, 2012 (view all comments by Toni Farris)
Picked up this book on kind of a whim....can't even remember exactly where I heard about it. Bottom line is I am so glad I found it and that there are two more books in the series. John Madden is a wonderful character and the "supporting" cast of characters are well developed, too. I look forward to the rest of the series and to explore other works by Mr. Airth.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780143035701
Author:
Airth, Rennie
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - Police Procedural
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - Historical
Subject:
Mystery-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
John Madden Mysteries
Publication Date:
20050531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
2 b/w illustrations on pages 61 and 65
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
7.72x5.18x.84 in. .67 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 368 pages Penguin Books - English 9780143035701 Reviews:
"Review" by , "It's the tactics and terrain, the morale and the characters that make the difference between an average thriller and one as good as this."
"Review" by , "Fans of Thomas Harris will enjoy this book and can take heart in knowing that another Madden tale is already in the works."
"Review" by , "All the familiar elements of suspense writing are given an unusual and satisfying twist in this grim and fascinating thriller set in the English countryside....A fine, frightening piece of work."
"Review" by , "[R]eaders who are looking for smart, well-plotted psychological mysteries will be delighted."
"Synopsis" by , Upon its original publication, River of Darkness awed readers who look for intelligent, well-plotted psychological mysteries. This "fine, frightening piece of work" (Kirkus Reviews) introduces inspector John Madden who, in the years following World War I, is sent to a small village to investigate a particularly gruesome attack. The local police dismiss the slaughter as a botched robbery, but Madden detects the signs of a madman at work. With the help of Dr. Helen Blackwell, who introduces him to the latest developments in criminal psychology, Madden sets out to identify and capture the killer, even as the murderer sets his sights on his next innocent victims.
"Synopsis" by ,
Inspector John Madden—who debuted in River of Darkness—returns in a gripping post–World War II murder mystery

On a quiet afternoon in 1947, retired bank manager Oswald Gibson is shot in the head while fishing. In Scotland, a respectable family doctor is killed in the same

manner—and with the same gun. What is the connection? Scotland Yards Detective Inspector Billy Styles and local detective Vic Chivers are baffled until a letter from

Gibson is discovered that might shed some light on the case—a letter concerning former Scotland Yard detective John Madden. Despite Maddens legendary memory, he has no recollection of meeting Gibson or any idea of what their relationship might have been. Madden is happily retired from police work, but agrees to help his former protégé Styles and the clues they uncover only deepen the mystery. When a third man is killed in a similar fashion, Madden and Styles find themselves in a race against time to find the killer before another man ends up dead.

A smart, intricately plotted mystery, this is the fourth title in the critically acclaimed and much loved John Madden series.

"Synopsis" by ,

Upon its original publication, River of Darkness awed readers who look for intelligent, well-plotted psychological mysteries. This andldquo;fine, frightening piece of workandrdquo; (Kirkus

Reviews) introduces inspector John Madden who, in the years following World War I, is sent to a small village to investigate a particularly gruesome attack. The local police dismiss the slaughter as a botched robbery, but Madden detects the signs of a madman at work. With the help of Dr. Helen Blackwell, who introduces him to the latest developments in criminal psychology, Madden sets out to identify and capture the killer, even as the murderer sets his sights on his next innocent victims.

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