The eagerly awaited third novel featuring Inspector Madden, from the author of River of Darkness and The Blood-Dimmed Tide
We are once again in the company of troubled copper John Madden, the time period having moved on from the first books to the Second World War. It is the time of Churchill’s radio broadcasts, the blackout and the ever-present threat of V2 bombs. Near the British Museum in London, a young woman refugee from war-torn Poland is killed. She had been engaged as a landgirl on a farm where she had won the affection of the farmer and his wife -- and that farmer is John Madden, no longer utilising his detection skills for Scotland Yard. But he is prepared to aid his ex-comrades in this disturbing situation, and utilises his still-keen expertise to dig into the murder. Madden becomes aware that the killer is almost certainly a professional hitman. Why did he murder his Polish victim? It’s up to John Madden to construct a plausible case from a slender assortment of clues – and, what’s more, in the face of considerable personal danger.
Those who read Rennie Airth’s earlier books will need little persuasion to pick The Dead of Winter up; and new readers will be entranced by the carefully constructed narrative and strong sense of period. --Barry Forshaw --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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