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To learn more about cookies, please see our cookie policy. To learn more about how we use and protect your data, please see our privacy policy. Creators Rennie Airth. There are questions and parallels rooted in his brain from the crime scene such insight cannot be stoppered but it is his mentor and colleague, Angus Sinclair, who finds records of other missing, mutilated girls, and struggles to uncover the identity of this particularly vicious serial killer.

His search illuminates the inner workings of Scotland Yard and the convolution of pre-war intelligence work originating from the Foreign Office. A visiting detective from Germany provides political perspective about the impending power shift to the Nazi party and a personal perspective is presented through the efforts of Dr. Weiss, the Austrian psychologist who has been helpful in both books, to remove his family to safety. Sinclair also finds it helpful to discuss the case's development in periodic meetings with Madden whose own inquiries have yielded valuable information.

Their several lines of investigation dovetail nicely and it is Madden himself, at the end, who puts it all together. Given almost equal time in this book is the society of transients that has been prevalent throughout the English countryside since the end of the first World War. They are a mixed group of emotionally wounded and disenchanted ex-servicemen who rely on seasonal work and the kitchen-kindness of various farms, Madden's own Highfield among them.

Rennie Airth has tidily drawn a community on the edge of another war, though they themselves have barely noticed its encroachment. The world represented by these small English villages has already changed and many are finding it difficult to cope. In Yeats' words, " Jan 26, Beth rated it it was amazing Shelves: What an excellent series! I have only two modest complaints. There are apparently four books total so far, this was the second but each sequel takes place roughly ten years after the last.

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At that rate, the total number of entries is going to be limited by the advancing age of John Madden, a most remarkable hero who, by my reckoning, will be in his late 50's at least by the fourth book. Madden retired from Scotland Yard after the first book to marry, raise a family, and farm. I guess there hav What an excellent series! I guess there haven't been many mysteries and murders to solve in this peaceful world, but lucky for us, a new one seems to draw him back in with his former police partners every decade or so.

My other disappointment in this book is a gentle one. Madden plays a central role here and is instrumental in bringing about the very satisfying conclusion, but his role is limited because so much of the action occurs with the supporting characters, who are, unlike him, still policemen. These are wonderful people, so although Madden wasn't in as many pages as I would have liked, this story the main plot of which is the hunt for a brutal serial killer of several young girls is compelling and fast moving. The search for this monster unfolds with the ominous rise of young Hitler and the Nazi movement as a background With one murder mystery to solve every 10 years, I can only hope John Madden lives to be very, very old.

Oct 24, Shirley Schwartz rated it it was amazing Shelves: mystar-reads , my-special-favourites.

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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 , 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 ver This is a book that I would wish to give more than 5 stars if it was possible.

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.


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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.

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I want lots and lots of books about John Madden. Nov 13, Brian Steele rated it it was amazing Shelves: mystery , historical-fiction. I've read quite a bit of mystery genre fiction lately. I'll be honest, most of it sucks in that cliched, pseudo-romance manner. After hearing Airth name mentioned a few times, I discovered his book in my store a gave it a try - I was captivated after only a few pages. The style in which he draws the reader into England in amazing and realistic, a prose that's lean and biting.

I love historical fiction, and seeing how these characters deal with a sexual sadist killer with such raw fear was br I've read quite a bit of mystery genre fiction lately. I love historical fiction, and seeing how these characters deal with a sexual sadist killer with such raw fear was breath-taking.

We've become so desensitized to such things, we forget how those of a past era would have reacted with utter disgust. A few times a got confused by the upper echelon of Scotland Yard characters, but that has more to do with my own ignorance on their titles than Airth's writing ability.

My only two complaints is that Madden is being described as "scowling" too often - and I would have LOVED the book to have been a good page longer! There is no doubt I will be tracking down the other two releases by Mr.

Airth quite soon. But when a young girl disappears and John, with a former colleague still on the force, finds her body, his old instincts come to life. Once they start to investigate, an international trail of killings is uncovered. Although the story is more an assemble cast than focusing solely on Madden, you have an excellent sense of the characters in a well-plotted story.

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The suspense builds through the story to a dramatic climax. I only hope there is not another four years until the next book, as I really enjoy Mr. Airth's writing. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This book was one of the best crime books I have ever read. A former inspector with scotland yard John Madden is enjoying retirement in Surrey when his help is needed on a horrific murder case where a female child who was brutally killed.

This is unfortunatly not to be the last murder and it may not have been the first either.

This story had me gripped, I literally could not put it down!! Spys, murder and quiet life in the countryside are all mixed together in this story that will not let you go This book was one of the best crime books I have ever read. Spys, murder and quiet life in the countryside are all mixed together in this story that will not let you go from start to finish.