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by Rennie Airth

  • Author: Rennie Airth
  • ISBN: 0786223340
  • ISBN13: 978-0786223343
  • ePub: 1906 kb | FB2: 1799 kb
  • Language: English
  • Category: Mystery
  • Publisher: Thorndike Pr (January 1, 2000)
  • Pages: 600
  • Rating: 4.9/5
  • Votes: 500
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River of Darkness ePub download

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River of Darkness book. In a quiet and picturesque English countryside where people are. His personal tragedy of losing his wife and young daughter to influenza Rennie Airth's first book in the John Madden trilogy was exceptional! More of a 'Whydunit" than a whodunit, the murderer's identity was revealed early on in the plot by having the narrative at times switch from the voices of the crime fighters with the criminal himself.

Rennie Airth was born in South Africa and worked as a foreign correspondent for Reuters for many years. River of Darkness was inspired by a scrap-book about his uncle, a soldier killed in World War I. Airth lives in Italy and is at work on a second Madden novel. Published by the Penguin Group. Penguin Putnam In. 375 Hudson Street, New York, New York 10014, . Penguin Books Ltd, 27 Wrights Lane, London W8 5TZ, England. Penguin Books Australia Ltd, Ringwood, Victoria, Australia. Penguin Books Canada Ltd, 10 Alcorn Avenue

Upon its original publication. The main protagonist of River of Darkness is a Scotland Yard detective so damaged by his experiences during the First World War that his superiors worry about his ability to do his job.

Upon its original publication. This may sound like Charles Todd's excellent series about Ian Rutledge, a shell-shocked cop from the same era. But Rennie Airth, a South African journalist who lives in Italy, has made his hero-Inspector John Madden-a somewhat different version of one of England's walking wounded.

Rennie Airth (born 1935) is a South African novelist who currently resides in Italy. Airth has also worked as foreign correspondent for the Reuters news service

Rennie Airth (born 1935) is a South African novelist who currently resides in Italy. Airth has also worked as foreign correspondent for the Reuters news service. His works include Snatch! (1969), Once A Spy (1981), and a series of murder mysteries set in England between 1921 and 1949 featuring Detective Inspector John Madden of Scotland Yard (later retired)

Rennie Airth was born in South Africa and worked as a foreign correspondent for Reuters before becoming a novelist

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. Библиографические данные. River of Darkness John Madden mystery, 1 John Madden series (Том 1) John Madden trilogy bk.

Only the other day there had been eight. Either a fox had been busy, or one of the village cats was finding the water-meadow a happy hunting ground. s the sun. Thunder rumbled close. Thunder rumbled close by. Mrs Merrick glanced at the sky. She debated whether to return to the house. The thought of the scolding awaiting her there brought a smile to her lips. Her habit of taking solitary walks was a matter of concern to her son and daughter-in-law. It had reached the point where she was obliged to slip out when they weren't looking.

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Tormented by his harrowing wartime experiences and the loss of his family, Inspector John Madden is sent by Scotland Yard to investigate when a small Surrey village is torn apart by five horrific murders and joins forces with a beautiful doctor to capture the killer.
This book could have been great. I liked the basic plot and the personality of the main character. I think there were some really interesting ideas. One thing I didn't like was the language used. It was meant to take place in 1921 in England but was full of modern American slang. Terms like throw up, don't make things up etc really weren't used at the time and that bothered me. I enjoyed the first world war history and some of the memories of the detective as well as the killer, it would have been nice had these experiences been fleshed out a little more. One character that I found very unbelievable was the detective Samson of Scotland yard. Samson was clearly just thrown in to add some bad cop action because it seemed very unlikely someone in that position would be stupid enough to shoot down sound theories and leads on the case. There were some characters who started to develop and then sort of just dropped from the story and that made it feel a little uneven for me as well.
I would agree with the reviewers who suggest that there seems to be quick resolutions of complex topics - ranging from finding "witnesses" in a 1917 wartime murder to other "coincidences" that explain various findings. I know you need to have some resolution, and maybe this is how crimes are solved - but it seemed almost "too convenient" and at times contrived. As much as I was delighted that Dr. Blackwell and John Madden find happiness, once again, it all happened "really quickly"??!! But maybe after surviving the War, time becomes precious, and not to be wasted...

Having watched "Grantchester" and "Home Fires" on PBS, I was able to visualize the English countryside setting - enhanced by the author's very good writing.

A fun read, enjoyable, almost a "beach read," but on the high-end of "beach read/summer" books. Not sure if I will read more books in this series, but this was worthwhile. Nothing too deep in hidden meanings, but good focus on the horrors of War and its effects on the people caught up in its fury. Interesting use of Freudian psychiatry - somewhat commonplace today, but certainly revolutionary in concept back then...
This was one the my favorite books. Not only it is a very good mystery but a beautiful and touching love story. In this first installment of the John Madden mysteries we meet John Madden and instantly like him. He is a very emotionally wounded survivor of World War I. The narrative of what he went through and his losses, army friends and personal, was beautifully detailed. Madden is a natural for Scotland Yard because he has an uncanny way of looking at a crime scene and seeing what others cannot. Like the other books, this one is also very sad with graphic violence. What took the story beyond the violence is the special relationship that develops between Madden and Dr. Helen Blackwell. She makes it her purpose to bring him back from the depth of emotional despair and sadness. The wonderful details of their relationship and eventual love were very poignant. I was very disappointed to find out, when I read the other two books, that the author retired Madden to his farm and took him out of further investigations. The character is really wonderful and much missed. The other complaint is that the author also has a lot of years elapse between each book.
Here's a novel that judiciously blends brutal violence with thoughtful, understanding compassion. War is the central theme that snakes with consummate evil from beginning to end. Even today, with our generally greater scope, our knowledge of the effects of war seems limited. The effects of warfare on combatants and those who support them are more and more in the forefront of our knowledge, but the effects on families is far less considered.

In 1919 thousands of damaged combatants returned to England from the battlefields of Europe. Thousands more never returned. One former soldier goes back to England to resume an interrupted career as an investigator with Scotland Yard. Another returns to the south of England with the skills to feed his desperate and evil diseased mind. This is the story of his crimes and the search by Inspector John Madden for the man ever more insistently to prevent further depredations.

The novel is written with powerful authority, The political maneuverings inside Scotland Yard, the relationships that developed between officials from London and the rural polices forces, the action sequences all serve the story and the reader well.
Well written police procedural. The post WWI setting is interesting as it encompasses some 20th Century technology (automobiles, telephones) while leaving out some of the more modern techniques (computer searches, data bases). The period also makes it easy to imagine the scenes of the crime: the lack of paved roads, pathways through villages, darkness, etc.

The detective, John Madden, is a burned out veteran of the war who returns to his job at Scotland Yard after his stint in the army. Although the setting may be old school, the crime is not. An entire family is slaughtered with the only survivor being a young child who hides under a bed. Madden is quick to figure out how the crime was committed but the brutality is rare and the why even less so.

The reader is let in on snippets that follow the murderer, but it is only near the very end of the book that the true motive (bizarre though it is) is revealed. Liked it a lot. Fine writing. Will read the rest.

This is the 1st in a series and
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