The Reckoning by Rennie AirthThe Reckoning by Rennie Airth

The Reckoning

byRennie Airth

Paperback | August 12, 2014

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On a quiet afternoon in 1947, retired bank manager Oswald Gibson is shot in the head while fishing. In Scotland, a respectable family doctor is killed in the same manner—and with the same gun. What is the connection? Scotland Yard’s Detective Inspector Billy Styles and local detective Vic Chivers are baffled until a letter from Gibson is discovered that may shed some light on the case—a letter concerning former Scotland Yard detective John Madden.  Despite Madden’s legendary memory, he has no recollection of meeting Gibson or any idea what their relationship might have been. Madden is happily retired from police work, but agrees to help his former protege Styles, and the clues they uncover only deepen the mystery. When a third man is killed in a similar fashion, Madden and Styles find themselves in a race against time to find the killer before another man ends up dead.


A tense, intricately plotted mystery, this is the fourth title in the critically acclaimed and much loved John Madden series.

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 ReckoningFormat:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 7.77 × 5.07 × 0.6 inPublished:August 12, 2014Publisher:Penguin CanadaLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0143190873

ISBN - 13:9780143190875


Rated 5 out of 5 by from British dark history In the guise of murder mystery, Airth describes a British historical fact that is a dark truth from the first world war. And you walk away from the book feeling that the murderer may have been justified in at least some of their actions.
Date published: 2018-07-17

Editorial Reviews

“The marvelous John Madden returns in a stunning new mystery—Rennie Airth’s The Reckoning will keep you pinned to the page to the very end!” - Charles Todd, New York Times bestselling author of the Inspector Ian Rutledge Mysteries and the Bess Crawford Mysteries“I have been a huge fan of Rennie Airth’s novels featuring John Madden since first reading River of Darkness and had been eagerly awaiting The Reckoning—it does not disappoint. Airth is at the top of his game, engaging the reader with dense plotting, page-turning narrative and expert characterization. I absolutely could not put it down!” - Jacqueline Winspear, author of Maisie Dobbs