River of Darkness: The First John Madden Mystery (A John Madden Mystery #1)

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River of Darkness: The First John Madden Mystery (A John Madden Mystery #1)

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

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.

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.

by Alie

This is the first book in a series featuring John Madden. I loved the slightly slower pacec of a book set in the early part of the 20th century…before cell phones and computers etc. Madden is unforgettable as a damaged Inspector recently home from the trenches of World War I and trying to cope with a devastating personal tragedy while also trying to solve the mystery of a mass killing at a country home in England.

From Heart-Stopping Reads That Won't Make You Miss Outside: Recs from Our Mystery Section

ISBN: 9780143035701

ISBN-10: 9780143035701

Publisher: Penguin Books

Publication Date: 05/31/2005 - 12:00am

On Sale: 05/31/2005 - 12:00am

Pages: 480

Language: English


Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Historical

Fiction / Thrillers / Psychological

Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Police Procedural