It is 1921 and a terrible discovery has been made at a manor house in Surrey - the bloodied bodies of Colonel Fletcher, his wife and two of their staff. The victims have all been stabbed and the lack of disturbance in the house suggests that the attack was one of terrifying speed. The Surrey police force seem ready to put the murders town to robbery with violence, but Detective Inspector Madden from Scotland Yard sees things slightly differently. For he has experienced the horrors of World War I and has seen madness at first hand. And he is certain this crime has been perpetrated by a psychopath who will strike again...and soon. 'One of the most gripping thrillers I have ever read' - Country Life
About the Author
Rennie Airth was born in South Africa and worked for a number of years as a foreign correspondent for Reuters. River of Darkness is the first novel in the Inspector Madden trilogy. He lives in Italy.
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Since reading this book about a year ago, I have been eagerly awaiting the next installment, due out this month. Yes, some of the things I predicted would happen did, but by the time I went on the plot journey through the killer's mind and the investigative procedure, I was surprised! Definitely an enchanting read.
I purchased this book on the strength of the review quotes on the cover and I wasn't disappointed! An original, exciting storyline which I enjoyed tremendously. My one complaint perhaps was that it did take me a little while longer than I would have liked to get into the story and gather an understanding of the characters,but once this was accomplished I just had to keep on reading! I would certainly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good murder mystery and suspense. This story I think will not be forgotten in a hurry.Definitely worth the cover price.
I came across this book by accident in my local library, and although I would normally choose fiction from a more modern era, I am so glad that I made this choice! It's the best crime novel I read all year, and it sent me searching immediately for other books by this author. For me the book had all the essential elements of a good thriller - suspense and a believable plot-line, while combining these with thoroughly human characters. Definitely highly recommended!