The Blood-Dimmed Tide
It is 1932, and John Madden, former Scotland Yard Inspector, is now a farmer in the peaceful Surrey countryside, enjoying an idyllic life with his wife, Helen, and their two young children. However, the family's peace is about to be shattered, for when a young girl goes missing, it is Madden who discovers her disfigured body hidden in a wood. Disturbed by what he has seen he is convinced the killer has struck before, and when a second body is found, Madden's instinct is proved right: there is a multiple killer at large. Allying himself with his old colleagues at Scotland Yard, and against the wishes of his wife, he immerses himself in the case and his insights into the personality of the man they are seeking are soon borne out. Masked by the world of secret agents, this psychopath is a master of evil who has been covering his tracks for many years. If Madden is to outwit him, he will need to stay one step ahead of a murderer who already has his next victim picked out.
Filled with fascinating historical detail, The Blood-Dimmed Tide is not only a gripping mystery; it is also a haunting portrait of the social struggle in post-World War I England and the unrest throughout Europe as Hitler begins his rise to power.
"Rennie Airth brings back Inspector John Madden in his compelling new thriller... The Blood-Dimmed Tide rises above the rest of the pack."