The Dead Of Winter: A John Madden Mystery Set In World War Ii England by Rennie AirthThe Dead Of Winter: A John Madden Mystery Set In World War Ii England by Rennie Airth

The Dead Of Winter: A John Madden Mystery Set In World War Ii England

byRennie Airth

Paperback | July 20, 2010

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On a freezing London night in 1944, Rosa Nowak, is brutally killed during a blackout. The police suspect she was the victim of a random act of violence, and might have dropped the case if former police investigator John Madden hadn’t been the victim’s employer

Madden's old colleagues at Scotland Yard are working on the case but t heir only lead points towards war-torn Europe. As the fighting sweeps across the continent, will they find the killer before he strikes again?

With rich psychological insight and vivid historical detail, the riveting third novel in the Madden series is a masterpiece of crime fiction.

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 Tid...
Title:The Dead Of Winter: A John Madden Mystery Set In World War Ii EnglandFormat:PaperbackDimensions:416 pages, 8.28 × 5.32 × 1.13 inPublished:July 20, 2010Publisher:Penguin CanadaLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0143171186

ISBN - 13:9780143171188


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great finish to a trilogy Once again John Madden is involved in a murder case although he has been retired and living in the country for 20 years. This time the victim was someone who was living under his roof and he feels personally responsible in solving the case. While seeking the truth in wartime London, he finds the usual red herrings and people from his past that will eventually crack this case. Rennie Airth has created an intriguing story that brings back old characters and lets the reader catch up on the Madden family as well. Well worth reading!
Date published: 2013-07-09

Editorial Reviews

"Make room for John Madden in the pantheon of great, civilized English sleuths...It's safe to say that once you've read [The Dead of Winter], you will start longing for Madden's next case." - The New Yorker"An energetic and entertaining thriller, with a denouement which rises to a frightening climax." - Times Literary Supplement"Detective fiction of a very high order. ...The plot is chilling and even moving, the characters fleshed and deeply felt...I hope we have not seen the last of the unforgettable John Madden." - The Globe and Mail"The comfortable, leisurely rhythm of Rennie Airth's writing and the affectionate way in which he conveys wartime Britain are very pleasurable...Very well done." - Spectator"Who is Rennie Airth? Why, merely the best detective-fiction novelist you've never heard of. ... [The Dead of Winter is]....detective fiction of a very high order. The plot is chilling, and even moving, the characters fleshed and deeply felt, and Airth retains his remarkable ability to evoke time and place...As always, there's a deeply compassionate element to Airth's rendering of this world.....Very good indeed....I hope we have not seen the last of the unforgettable John Madden." - The Globe And Mail"Airth has created a spellbinding series of mysteries set in the bygone England of our imagination. His detective, John Madden, is the sort of wise and reticent man you would trust with your life, and it is deeply satisfying to see him solve the complex puzzles that Airth sets for him. The Dead of Winter is the latest gripping installment in what's becoming my favorite series of British crime novels." - David Ignatius, columnist for the Washington Post and author of Body of Lies"A superlative detective novel from a writer who creates complicated narratives populated by fully realised characters. He has an enviable ability to evoke rural landscape as well as teeming metropolitan life...John Madden novels are must-reads." - Daily Express"Airth takes his sweet time between novels...but the wait is always worth it for his Detective Inspector John Madden." - National Post"The unraveling of the mystery is solid entertainment, but it's really the historical framing that will quicken the reader's interest, not just details of daily life but also the repercussions of the war." - Cleaveland Plain-Dealer""Airth’s atmosphere of London at war is superb." - The Times"Airth’s atmospheric The Dead of Winter is set in London during the second world war…The novel recreates wartime London brilliantly, and Airth’s detectives have to cope with flying bombs and blacked-out streets as they struggle to find the killer." - Sunday Times Culture"A gripping police procedural and a thrilling historical...The Dead of Winter delivers a perceptive view of how England’s urban and rural residents coped during the waning days of WWII...[Airth] has become an author worth the wait. Airth’s precise storytelling continues to excel." - Sun-Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, Florida)"An excellent and convincing evocation of wartime London" - CJ Sansom, author of Winter in Madrid"This book has the blissful whiff of nostalgia, of mahogany furniture in wallpapered rooms, of dependable policemen and respectful lower orders. Yet this is no idyllic evocation of the Golden Age of crime writing. This world is about to be, literally, blown away, for the action takes place in wartime London, where the old order is beginning to turn upside down.. . . The book has a strength not usually found in crime writing of the Golden Age, for it acknowledges that there is a wider world. Into this, the traditional English policeman is inevitably drawn. Madden’s comment on casual death, “the terrible power wielded by chance in human destiny”, remains with the reader after the plot has been neatly finished.” - The Independent""Airth's latest blends modern methods of crime detection with a superb cast of characters who inhabit a well-drawn world steeped in historical ambience and detail....Also buy its predecessors; readers will want as much of Madden as they can get. Highly recommended." - Library Journal“The novel re-creates war-time London brilliantly." - Sunday Times"In John Madden, Airth has created a sane, observant, and upright detective, whose chief strengths are his ability to question facts others take for granted. He is also gifted at finding people who can help him gather missing data. Madden, his wife, and those he works with are all likable, as well as capable. Once again, Airth has assembled a story well worth reading." - Sacramento News and Review"The murders in [Airth's] books are brutal, the investigations absorbing…What engages ones and carries one along is the narrative, his observation of the natural world and his gift for striking imagery." - The Oldie"Airth takes a perceptive look at the frayed emotions of his fully realized characters as he carefully lays the groundwork for the next book in this rewarding series." - Publishers Weekly