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The Blood-Dimmed Tide (John Madden Series #2)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2006

    Tramping toward exoneration

    Here is the greatest imaginable evil to plop into the author's pastoral paradise: what kind of monster would rape and murder prepubescent girls then smash their faces to a pulp? (This will be hard to top for for sheer depravity if Airth continues his Inspector Madden adventures.) The first half this volume consists largely of reintroducing all the sugery nice good guys and gals of the first book with a sparse sprinkling of new characters -- kids, tramps and a German policeman. The children are all adorable (and presumably above average) and the vagrants all moral paragons who are down on their luck. Near this story's midpoint, however, things pick up. We learn not only who the murderer is and why he will be tough to catch but also who his endearing next victim might be. The remaining pages are a gripping race to see whether the coppers can find him before he strikes again, which makes for a more exciting book that the acclaimed River of Darkness. Airth's villains continue to be more interesting than his protagonists because the former have some psychological depth whereas the latter are little more than cardboard cutouts of domestic saints.

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