River of Darkness

River of Darkness

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Baker & Taylor
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, a demented veteran of World War I

Blackwell North Amer
In rural England, slowly emerging from the sorrow of World War I, the peace of a small Surrey village is shattered by a murderous attack on a household that leaves five butchered bodies and no explanation for the killings. Sent by Scotland Yard to investigate is Inspector John Madden, a grave and good man who bears the emotional and physical scars from his own harrowing war experiences and from the tragic loss of his wife and child. The local police dismiss the slaughter as a robbery gone awry, but Madden and his chief inspctor detect the signs of a madman at work. With the help of Dr. Helen Blackwell, who introduces Madden to the latest developments in criminal psychology and who opens his heart again to the possibility of love, Madden sets out to identify and capture the killer, even as the murderer sets his sights on his next innocent victims.

Baker
& Taylor

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, a demented veteran of World War I. A first novel. 30,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Viking Penguin, 1999
ISBN: 9780670885954
0670885959
Characteristics: 386 p. : ill

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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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