River of Darkness

River of Darkness

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In 1921, the bloodied bodies of Colonel Fletcher, his wife and two staff are found in a manor house in Surrey. The police have put the murders down to a violent robbery, but Detective Inspector Madden from Scotland Yard has his own suspicions. In the meantime the killer is plotting his second strike.
Publisher: Prince Frederick, Md. : Recorded Books ; [Prince Frederick, Md.] : [Distributed by] OneClick Digital, 2016, p2002
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781501933271
Characteristics: 1 online resource (13 hr., 55 min.)
Additional Contributors: Kay, Christopher
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May 19, 2018

It's bleak. Hope springs eternal in the human heart and it does in "River" too, but only occasionally as an opportunity here and a promise there. Such was the world immediately after the carnage of the Great War. The author is not old enough to have lived these times although he seems to portray them well; DI John Madden returns to the Somme battlefield at one point and we see it through his eyes. Madden, the local bobbies and Scotland Yard are pursuing a killer who clearly has served in the war. He first shows up at the manor home of Colonel Fletcher and quickly wipes out most of the occupants with a bayonet. What is it about Mrs. Fletcher that resulted in even more horrors? Reference to a river is apt in these circumstances as the reader will surely find. And hope? Part of his duties in the case brings the depressed Madden into contact with Dr. Helen Blackwell; I smiled. You'll also enjoy Billy Styles, a young constable, as Madden trains him for greater responsibility. Airth is a new author for me and one I'll return to. Hopefully, the grimness of WW1 will recede.

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