The Blood-Dimmed Tide by Rennie Airth

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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.

About Rennie Airth

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Rennie Airth was born in South Africa and worked as a foreign correspondent for Reuters for many years. He currently resides in Italy.
Published July 21, 2005 by Penguin Books. 468 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In a second outing, Inspector John Madden (River of Darkness, 1999) chases a sexual predator of children in England as the winds of war begin to blow from Nazi Germany.

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The many admirers of Airth's impressive debut, River of Darkness (1999), which was an Edgar finalist, will relish his gripping second police procedural, set in 1932.

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On a lovely late summer's afternoon in 1932, former policeman John Madden and his physician wife Helen, are taking a leisurely back-road route through the English countryside toward their Surrey home.

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Reviewing the Evidence

Readers falling into that trap would be brought up short to see references to tramps, lost souls whose lives have changed as a result of the war, men whose former lives have been forfeit to the changes wrought by the conflict.

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The Blood-Dimmed Tide is the second volume in Rennie Airth's John Madden mystery series.

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