Title: River of Darkness
Author: Airth, Rennie
Publisher: Viking Adult, New York
Publication Date: 1999
Edition: First American Edition
Book Condition: NF
D-j Condition: F-
Comments: Bump on top and bottom of front board.
Synopsis: In the tradition of The Alienist, a chilling thriller of murder and psychological detection.
In rural England, in a landscape shadowed by the sorrow of World War I, the peace of a small Surrey village is shattered by a murderous attack, which leaves five butchered bodies and no motive for the killings. Sent by Scotland Yard to investigate is Inspector John Madden, a grave and good man who bears the emotional and physical scars from his own harrowing war experiences and from the tragic loss of his wife and child. The local police dismiss the slaughter as a robbery gone tragically awry, but Madden and his chief inspector detect the work of a madman.
With the help of a beautiful doctor who introduces Madden to the latest developments in forensic psychology and who opens his heart again to the possibility of love, Madden sets out to identify and capture the killer–a demented former soldier with a bloody past–even as he sets his sights on his next innocent victims.
As darkly stylish as the best of 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 and of a compelling character whom readers will long to know better.