On a bucolic summer day, Inspector John Madden of Scotland Yard walks into an English country estate to discover a horrific scene: Five members of a single household murdered, the only witness to the crime a child found hiding under her bed. A veteran of the Great War, Madden is no stranger to violence and death, but even he is troubled by the cold-blooded efficiency of this particular crime. Was it a robbery gone wrong? The work of a gang of criminals? Or is a single culprit responsible? No detail or theory is too minor for the introspective and methodical Madden, whose investigation leads him into the still-developing field of criminal psychology…and to a series of cold cases that convince the inspector it's not a question of if
, but when
the killer will strike again. This taut, Edgar Award-nominated novel is the debut outing for Inspector John Madden, and a can't-miss read for mystery aficionados!
This book is part of our Mysteries Book a Month 2019 package