River of Darkness: The First John Madden Mystery

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Penguin Books
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5.18 X 7.72 X 0.84 inches | 0.67 pounds

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About the Author

Rennie Airth was born in South Africa and worked as a foreign correspondent for Reuters before becoming a novelist. He is the author of two other John Madden mysteries, River of Darkness, a finalist for the Edgar Award for Best Novel and a Macavity Award for Best Mystery, and a New York Times Notable Book, and The Blood-Dimmed Tide. He lives in Cortona, Italy.


"Move over, Inspectors Alleyn, Dalgliesh, and Morse, and make room for John Madden in the pantheon of great, civilized English sleuths."--The New Yorker

"One of the best mysteries I have read in years."--The Boston Globe

"Airth writes with arresting authority and compassion...a major talent."--Chicago Tribune

"All the familiar elements of suspense writing are given an unusual and satisfying twist in this grim and fascinating thriller--the initial volume of a promised series...A fine, frightening piece of work."--Kirkus Reviews (starred)

"I have been a huge fan of Rennie Airth's novels featuring John Madden since first reading River of Darkness... Airth is at the top of his game, engaging the reader with dense plotting, page-turning narrative and expert characterization."--Jacqueline Winspear, author of Maisie Dobbs

"Madden is seamlessly admirable...In an era when our real-life heroes tend to have feet of thick, grubby clay, it can be bracing to spend time with a man who is naturally but not implausibly noble."--The Washington Post Book World

"Readers who are looking for smart, well-plotted psychological mysteries will be delighted."--Booklist