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River of Darkness (Thorndike Large Print Mystery Series)
River of Darkness - Thorndike Large Print Mystery Series Author:Rennie Airth In the tradition of The Alienist, a chilling thriller of murder and psychological detection. — In rural England, in a landscape shadowed by the sorrow of World War I, the peace of a small Surrey village is shattered by a murderous attack, which leaves five butchered bodies and no motive for the killings. Sent by Scotland Yard to investigat... more »e 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 tragically awry, but Madden and his chief inspector detect the work of a madman.
With the help of a beautiful doctor who introduces Madden to the latest developments in forensic psychology and who opens his heart again to the possibility of love, Madden sets out to identify and capture the killer--a demented former soldier with a bloody past--even as he sets his sights on his next innocent victims.
As darkly stylish as the best of P. D. James, rippled with tension and resonant with historical atmosphere, River of Darkness marks the debut of a powerful new voice in suspense writing and of a compelling character whom readers will long to know better.« less
Lynn S. (lss) reviewed River of Darkness (Thorndike Large Print Mystery Series) 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.
Jeanne L. (bkydbirder) - , reviewed River of Darkness (Thorndike Large Print Mystery Series) on
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.
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.
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!
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.