Aug 09, 10
Read from August 05 to 09, 2010
John Madden has returned from WW I to England and to his position at Scotland Yard as a man deeply affected by his wartime experiences and the deaths of his wife and daughter. John is assigned to investigate a particularly brutal murder of a family. In my opinion, this book, part thriller and part police procedural, was excellent on many levels. The early evolution of exploring the psychological basis for crime motivations was nicely portrayed as were the possibilities of political forces and personalities affecting investigations. Mostly, I enjoyed the writing, the rich characters and the very real sense of the countryside in post-war England.