The Dead of Winter (John Madden Series #3)

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"[Rennie Airth's] meticulously detailed procedural mysteries are beautifully written . . . well worth reading, and rereading."
-Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review

On a freezing London night in 1944, Rosa Novak is brutally murdered during a blackout. Scotland Yard suspects the young Polish refugee was the victim of a random act of violence and might have dropped the case if former police investigator John Madden hadn't been her ...

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Overview

"[Rennie Airth's] meticulously detailed procedural mysteries are beautifully written . . . well worth reading, and rereading."
-Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review

On a freezing London night in 1944, Rosa Novak is brutally murdered during a blackout. Scotland Yard suspects the young Polish refugee was the victim of a random act of violence and might have dropped the case if former police investigator John Madden hadn't been her employer. Madden feels he owes it to Rosa to find her killer and pushes the investigation, uncovering her connection to a murdered Parisian furrier, a member of the Resistance, and a stolen cache of diamonds.

Delivering the atmospheric writing and compelling characters that have already established Rennie Airth as a master of suspense as well as style, this long-awaited third installment in the John Madden series is historical crime writing at its best.

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Editorial Reviews

Dennis Drabelle
Airth's books are old-fashioned in one way: Madden is seamlessly admirable. He may live with demons, but this has to do with having experienced the horrors of trench warfare and the deaths of his first wife and child, not with any inherent flaws. At times, his goodness verges on the two-shoes variety. Yet he solves cases by plain, hard work—interviewing witnesses, following up on even tenuous leads, drawing upon his knowledge of the community in which he lives—and not, as Holmes and Poirot often do, by tossing off thunderbolts of you'll-never-guess insight. In an era when our real-life heroes tend to have feet of thick, grubby clay, it can be bracing to spend time with a man who is naturally but not implausibly noble.
—The Washington Post
Publishers Weekly

Set in London and rural England in 1944, Airth's fine third mystery to feature ex-Scotland Yard inspector John Madden (after The Blood-Dimmed Tide) shows how five years of war and an overstretched police force have brought "a new dimension to lawbreaking," with a serious rise in murders, thefts and extortion. Even decent citizens aren't above black-market dealings. The murder of Rosa Nowak, a young Polish woman, on a deserted London street during a blackout appears to be another act of random violence. Since Nowak worked on Madden's farm, his reputation ensures that his former colleagues thoroughly investigate the case, which leads to continental Europe, stolen diamonds and a string of murders, including that of a Jewish furrier. 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. (July)

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Library Journal

Readers first met Inspector John Madden in River of Darkness, where he employed then unsanctioned psychological-profiling methods to identify a serial killer in post-World War I Britain. When Madden reappeared in Blood-Dimmed Tide, it was 1932; he had retired from active duty but was drawn into a local case involving a murdered child. Now, another 12 years have passed, and Polish immigrant Rosa Nowak is murdered during a London blackout. Madden's ties to the girl are quickly discovered, and his interest in finding her killer brings him out of retirement once more. As with the other series books, 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. Libraries that buy this title should also buy its predecessors; readers will want as much of Madden as they can get. Highly recommended.
—Nancy McNicol

Kirkus Reviews
Scotland Yard tracks an international assassin during World War II, aided for a third time by retired inspector John Madden (Blood-Dimmed Tide, 2005, etc.). In 1940 Paris, a Jewish businessman who's converted his wealth to diamonds to flee the Nazi invasion is killed on his doorstep hours before departing. In 1944 London, a young Polish refugee, Rosa Nowak, is murdered under cover of the blackout. Chief Inspector Angus Sinclair, mystified by why anyone would brutally strangle an innocent land girl, turns to his old friend John Madden. Madden has retired from the force for a quiet country life, where, coincidentally enough, he and his clever wife Helen had sheltered Rosa. Spurred by his obligation to the girl, Madden joins forces with Sinclair, as does young policewoman Lily Poole, who has enough grit and moxie to investigate London's underworld. Poole finds their first thin lead-a brassy French prostitute who saw a man chase after Rosa-but she's next to turn up dead. The investigation of her death leads to a stakeout to catch the murderer, but the plan is blown to smithereens by a V-2 bomb. Instead, the villain gets away with three more murders, thousands of pounds and the diamonds stolen in Paris four years before. Now Sinclair, Madden and Poole must track an international criminal through the fog of war, hoping he leaves a trail back to Rosa. Ploddingly slow, every plot twist glaringly obvious. Only for diehard fans of the setting or series. Agent: Caroline Dawnay/United Agents
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780143117247
  • Publisher: Viking Penguin
  • Publication date: 6/29/2010
  • Series: John Madden Series , #3
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 124,317
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

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 Tide. He lives in Cortona, Italy.

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  • Posted December 5, 2009

    murder amidst the blitz

    John Madden and his former colleagues solve an epic puzzle of a seemingly random murder of an immigrant land girl on a blacked out street; people who saw her and petty criminals start dropping like flies as the murder attempts to extinguish all witnesses. I hope the series continues for several more books, although he ages Madden (already more than 25y in 3 books).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2009

    Dark and Compelling

    I happen to enjoy dark, period mysteries and this one was avery well written. This is the third and last (for now) in a series by this author. The first one, River of Darkness, introduces us to the protagonist and other characters during that difficult, and dark, period after WWI. Each book afterwards brings you forward in time and each with a new mystery. This was a new author for me and I hope he has more books waiting in the wings.

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  • Posted October 7, 2009

    Great series

    This writer is one of the best. I discovered him several years ago and have all of his books including the new one. I have reread the series many times and have given it to others to read also. You will not be disappointed with this series except for wishing he'd written more books!

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  • Posted September 20, 2009

    Airth's newest makes me wish for faster writing!

    Rennie Airth's newest mystery, The Dead of Winter, is excellent - and, this time, remarkably free of typos.

    The story and character are engaging and involving. I liked the way Airth brings his lead character, John Madden, back into play, and the evocation of the wartime environment in London and surrounding areas was beautifully done. I just wish Airth wrote more and faster; I'd like to have a whole shelf or two of Rennie Airth books in my personal library!

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  • Posted August 23, 2009

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    Amazing story, excellent characters, superb writing

    This book has it all. A wonderful plot with some unexpected twists, a lot of well-developed and interesting characters, the somber war-time mood of late WWII England. The twists and turns will hold your interest and the chilling ending will have you reading into the late night.
    Another excellent offering from Rennie Airth. Here's hoping he'll deliver another, and soon.

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  • Posted August 15, 2009

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    Another great mystery from Airth

    John Madden helps solve this third mystery by Rennie Airth set during the last days of WWII. A young woman is killed, but the why is the big question and the plot goes on forming a very twisty, interesting story.
    Highly recommend this wonderful book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2014

    Well done!

    This is my third Rennie Airth novel. Starts out a bit slow but picks up nicely about a third of the way into the book. The first hundred pages or so nicely develope the characters and setting. He makes it easy to feel a part of the story. Finishes with his usual shocking slam bang ending. Love his writing style, and definitely looking forward to his next novel!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2013

    I love this series.

    Great mysteries, great characters.

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  • Posted May 5, 2011

    great read

    love this author. great story line. a true mystery. enjoy

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