"In The Blood-Dimmed Tide, Rennie Airth brings back his beloved main character, Inspector John Madden, in a new tale of murder. Filled with historical detail, this novel is not only a mystery; it is also a haunting portrait of the social struggles in post-World War I England and the unrest throughout Europe as Hitler begins his rise to power." It is 1932, and former Inspector John Madden has retired from Scotland Yard. He leads a quiet life in rural England with his wife and children - until their idyll is shattered when Madden comes across the body of a young village girl, savagely murdered, in the woods near his home. The crime catapults Madden back into the role of detective, despite his wife Helen's misgivings, as he realizes that this horrific crime may have implications that reach far beyond the English countryside. Along with his former colleagues, Madden soon finds himself enlisting the help of the British Secret Service and the German police. Together they use the burgeoning science of criminal psychology in order to enter the twisted mind of a cunning, sophisticated murderer - but can Madden find him in time to prevent him from killing again?
… there's more to Airth's agenda than turning out a sensational thriller about a mad-dog killer. With his painterly landscapes of the unspoiled countryside and delicate portraits of young girls on the victim list, he composes images of innocence that capture all that is at stake and will soon be lost in ''the dark night that was coming'' -- heralded by a messenger bringing news of the horrors ahead.