George V. Reilly

Review: River of Darkness

River of Darkness
Title: River of Darkness
Author: Rennie Airth
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★
Publisher: Penguin
Copyright: 1999
Pages: 435
Keywords: mystery, historical
Reading period: 26–27 December, 2009

Inspector John Madden, like so many of his generation, came back from the Great War a changed man. When a par­tic­u­lar­ly savage and senseless murder takes place, he must persuade his superiors at Scotland Yard to adopt some new and unwelcome practices, such as psy­cho­log­i­cal profiling.

This well-done thriller is as much about the aftermath of World War I as it is a police procedural.

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