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The Dead of Winter por Rennie Airth
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The Dead of Winter (edição 2009)

por Rennie Airth (Autor)

Séries: John Madden (3)

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During a blackout on the streets of London on a freezing evening in late 1944, a young Polish land girl, Rosa Nowak, is suddenly and brutally killed. For police this is a shocking and seemingly random crime. No one can find any reason why someone would want to murder an innocent refugee.
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Título:The Dead of Winter
Autores:Rennie Airth (Autor)
Informação:Viking Adult (2009), Edition: 1st, 409 pages
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Avaliação:****
Etiquetas:second john madden; post wwII; excellent

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The Dead of Winter por Rennie Airth

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I fell in love with Rennie Airth’s writing when I read River of Darkness, which was such a dark, clever story that I began to recommend it to library patrons constantly. The horrifyingly good writing continued in The Blood-Dimmed Tide and now returns in Dead of Winter, which picks up the story of John Madden 20 years after we got to know him in Airth’s first book.

Old friends abound in Dead of Winter – Madden, his engaging wife Helen (who I always picture as Helen Mirren for some reason…), and his old cronies from the Yard, Angus Sinclair and Billy Styles. Madden has been retired and enjoying life as a farmer for two decades, when he is pulled back into the world of murder and mayhem by the murder of his “land girl,” Rosa Nowak.

Rosa, a Polish refugee who narrowly escaped the Nazi occupation and certain death, is found brutally murdered in a London alley while on the way to visit her only remaining relative, an aunt. The murder lands in the laps of Angus Sinclair and Billy Styles, who are stymied by the randomness and brutality of the murder. Once they discover the girl’s relationship to Madden, his involvement in the crime becomes inevitable, leading up to a tense and well-laid climax.

Airth’s writing is, as usual, eloquent and evocative without being overbearing. His treatment of the aging detectives and the changing face of London at the end of World War II is poignant — you can feel the tiredness and dejection of these men and women left to keep peace on the home front in the midst of aerial bomb attacks.

There are some new characters here who I hope Airth plans to write about again, especially Lily Poole, a female street cop who was first on the scene of Rosa Nowak’s murder. Poole gets pulled into the detective work required to track down the slippery killer and earns the admiration and respect of the brass with her plucky, clever ways.

The plot unfolds at a somewhat gentle pace, which some might find predictable and boring but which totally appeals to me. I had time to think about what was going to happen next and didn’t feel the urgency some mysteries evoke that makes me want to read the end first. Dead of Winter is a treat to be savored slowly. You’ll be glad you did. ( )
  patriciau | Dec 27, 2018 |
I love the John Madden series. In this one we've skipped ahead about 20 years since the last one. World War II is winding down. It's November 1944 when the book opens. The actions takes place in London and also near John Madden's home in Surrey. John is a happy man. He's happily married to his doctor wife Helen and their two children are grown. Rob is serving on a British merchant seaman and Lucy is working with the army in London. On the cold, black streets of London a particularly ruthless killer is wreaking havoc. John gets drawn in when his young Polish Land girl is brutally married on a London street. John just can't let it go, so he starts digging while working with his former co-workers in the CID. The clues lead the team to wartime Paris, and other European cities as this nasty killer's crimes start to be discovered. There's lots of tension and Rennie Airth's characters are very well-drawn I highly recommend this series. ( )
  Romonko | Jun 20, 2016 |
Too slow moving, hard to finish. ( )
  velopunk | Jan 3, 2015 |
This is the third John Madden historical mystery, set in England near the end of World War II. The first two books established a pattern that this book also follows. A murder victim is discovered and as the investigation goes on, the author shows other characters who will play into the resolution even if there's no obvious reason how or why. In the first book, we saw the killer's pov; in the next two, the killer's identity becomes known early on. This isn't a traditional mystery as much as a look at crime detection at the time, how the local police and Scotland Yard handled unusual criminals whose motives aren't clear. And as with the other books, it's the characters that make the story worth reading. I enjoyed it a lot, but not as much as the first two because of that pattern. Things fell into place as I was expecting and therefore, there weren't any surprises or real suspense this time, despite how well the book is written. And there is a wonderful woman cop who gets a chance to help out the detective squad at the Yard, and I'd love to see a book featuring her. ( )
  ShellyS | Jul 27, 2014 |
Het heeft even geduurd voor ik erin kwam, maar nadien was het erg goed en spannend. ( )
  wendybenoy | Jan 24, 2013 |
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"The Dead of Winter" is a first-rate story. Let's hope that this John Madden stays in the game.
 
[W]ell worth reading, and rereading, whenever we’re engaged in war.
 
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