River of Darkness

River of Darkness

John Madden Series, Book 1

eBook - 2005
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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's The Death of Kings will be available from Viking in January 2017.From the Trade Paperback edition.
Publisher: 2005
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Reproduction: Electronic reproduction. New York : Penguin Books, 2005. Requires OverDrive Read (file size: N/A KB) or Adobe Digital Editions (file size: 1994 KB) or Kobo app or compatible Kobo device (file size: N/A KB) or Amazon Kindle (file size: N/A KB)
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc
ISBN: 9781101118696

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gerryfryer
Nov 18, 2017

Best novel I have read in 2017 to date - and time is running out!
Many layers of interest, from the recovering veteran to the new copper to the inevitable bureaucracy and of course the love affair.
And rumbling through the entire book is the dreadful murderer.

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WhidbeyIslander
Aug 05, 2017

Another book confirming that fighting in WWI was pretty awful. A little long, but very readable and enjoyable. It's setting is similar to that of the Inspector Rutledge stories of Charles Todd (England shortly after WWI), but without the annoying presence of Rutledge's dead former comrade in arms. Madden is less haunted by the war, but still carries scars from it.

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PeterRLD
Jul 13, 2016

Wow! I couldn't put this book down. An excellent detective story, yes, but so much more - wonderful writing, vivid characters, both good and evil, who were damaged by the war. My grandfather died at the Somme, which made it resonate particularly for me.

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Dreamstime
Jun 05, 2016

I loved the setting just after WWI, which is an integral part of the story. I thought the occasional shifting perspectives heightened the drama. There is also a love story embedded in the tale, one that never descends into syrupy melodrama. John Madden is a broken soul, like so many who survived the horror of the trenches. His relentless search for a strange killer is also a journey of his own healing.

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KarenW
Oct 05, 2010

While the horrors of the Great War are still alive in the minds of the men that returned, John Madden is trying to find his place again in the world. Soon he finds himself face to face with true evil - a serial killer that has no conscience and is ready to strike again at any moment.

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