River of Darkness

River of Darkness

Book - 1999
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As rural England slowly emerges from the sorrow of World War I, a particularly vicious attack on a household in a small Surrey village leaves five butchered bodies and no explanation for the killings. Sent by Scotland Yard to investigate is Inspector John Madden, a man still recovering from his own war experience and from the deaths of his wife and child. The local police dismiss the slaughter as a botched robbery, but Madden detects the signs of a madman at work. With the help of beautiful Dr. Helen Blackwell, who introduces him to the new science of criminal psychology, Madden sets out to capture the killer, even as the murderer sets his sights on his next innocent victims.As darkly stylish as the best 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.
Publisher: New York : Viking, 1999.
ISBN: 9780670885954
0670885959
Branch Call Number: AIRT
Characteristics: 386 p. ; 24 cm.

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gerryfryer
Nov 18, 2017

Best novel I have read in 2017 to date - and time is running out!
Many layers of interest, from the recovering veteran to the new copper to the inevitable bureaucracy and of course the love affair.
And rumbling through the entire book is the dreadful murderer.

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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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