The Blood-Dimmed Tide ~~ Rennie Airth

The Blood-Dimmed Tide by Rennie Airth
Rennie Airth's The Death of Kings is now available from Viking.

With the publication of the New York Times Notable Book River of Darkness, Rennie Airth established himself as a master of suspense. The Blood-Dimmed Tide, set in 1932, marks the return of the beloved Inspector John Madden, whose discovery of a young girl's mutilated corpse near his home in rural England brings him out of retirement despite his wife's misgivings. Soon he finds himself chasing a killer whose horrific crime could have implications far afield in a Europe threatened by the rise of Hitler. A riveting, atmospheric, multilayered mystery, this intense and intelligent tale more than delivers on the promise of Rennie Airth's first thriller.
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  • Published:
    Jul-2005 (Hardcover)
    May-2006 (Paperback)
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  • Age Level:
    18 & up
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This is a book that I would wish to give more than 5 stars if it was possible. It is that good! This second book in the Inspector John Madden series is set in 1932, which is is some 14 years later than the first book in the series. John Madden has left the police force, married his physician wife Helen who we met in book one, and has a son and daughter of his own. He owns and operates a farm in south England in the Surrey area. Life is good for John and his family and Helen in particular, is very happy to have him away from the police and Scotland Yard. But John is thrust back into that life when he discovers the battered body of a young girl. In spite of Helen's best efforts John Madden is drawn into the manhunt for this particularly cold-blooded, sadistic killer. The search involves John's old colleagues from the yard to examine crimes in Europe in Germany and Switzerland as they try to track the history of their man. Airth's skills as an author are many and varied, and his method of writing is bold, clear and brilliant. His plots unfold with precision and scrupulous detail. This is a powerful series that really grabs its readers. My only objection is the length of the timelines of these books. The plots of each book have several years in between. I don't want this series to end quickly. I want lots and lots of books about John Madden.
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