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River of Darkness (John Madden, Bk 1)
River of Darkness - John Madden, Bk 1
Author: Rennie Airth
As rural England slowly emerges from World War I, a particularly vicious attack on a household in a small village leaves five butchered bodies and no explanation for the killings. Scotland Yard sends Inspector John Madden, still recovering from his own harrowing war experience and from the deaths of his wife and child. — The local police dismiss ...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780143035701
ISBN-10: 0143035703
Publication Date: 5/31/2005
Pages: 448
Rating:
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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3.9 stars, based on 48 ratings
Publisher: Penguin (Non-Classics)
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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reviewed River of Darkness (John Madden, Bk 1) on
Helpful Score: 8
I think this is one of the best British mystery novels I have ever read. Brilliantly written with detective/antagonist storyline development moving simultaneously toward ending. I highly recomment this book. Also the sequel and I am waiting for the third in the series which comes out this summer.
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Helpful Score: 3
Great mystery. Protagonist has his own issues to deal with while working the case which takes place in the shadow of WWl. Good character development; riveting plot; a little romance; a little humor. Well written and a page turner.
reviewed River of Darkness (John Madden, Bk 1) on + 9 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
This is the first of the Inspector Madden mysteries and it's a great one! As rural England slowly emerges from World War I, a particularly vicious attack on a household in a small village leaves five butchered bodies and no explanation for the killings. Scotland Yard sends Inspector John Madden, still recovering from his own harrowing war experience and from the deaths of his wife and child, to investigate. You're sure to enjoy reading this very well written mystery.
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Helpful Score: 1
Clive is one of, if not my most favorite author of all time. His amazing use of the English language is almost divine in nature and grabs hold of your body, mind & spirit thrusting you into his created worlds and won't let up until gasping for breath. Every one of his books I've never been able to put down until finished........especially this one.
Imajica is an epic tale of wondrous proportions that takes you into another world completely and leaves you wishing you could join his fantastic characters, so colorful and real, it seems they were just as real as you or I. I'm still wanting to read it again, even though I've already devoured it many-a-time, but look to my bookshelf, and, "alas, my heart be broken", as I've lent it out again.....
Wonderful book. Each time its read, new and wondrous quirks and colors appear making it seem all the more fantastical. A great escape!
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this is the first book in Airth's new series on life in a small town after WWI, with a police inspector John Madden. The richness of the descriptions, of life as a London policeman, and life after WWI is very well done. A good solid read.
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reviewed River of Darkness (John Madden, Bk 1) on
Rennie Airth does not fail to deliver. River of Darkness is not only a great mystery but is a touching account of a detective who was traumatized by World War I.


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