It is 1921 and a terrible discovery has been made at a manor house in Surrey - the bloodied bodies of Colonel Fletcher, his wife and two of their staff. The victims have all been stabbed and the lack of disturbance in the house suggests that the attack was one of terrifying speed. The Surrey police force seem ready to put the murders town to robbery with violence, but Detective Inspector Madden from Scotland Yard sees things slightly differently. For, he has experienced the horrors of World War I and has seen madness at first hand. And he is certain this crime has been perpetrated by a psychopath who will strike again...and soon. 'One of the most gripping thrillers I have ever read' - "Country Life".
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It is 1921, and a young constable has a horrifying introduction to the grim side of his job: the savage stabbing of a local colonel and his family. When DI Madden, brought in from Scotland Yard, decides that the motive was more than robbery, we are soon into dark territory. Madden's experiences of the horrors of World War I become crucial to the investigation, and it's refreshing that this serious issue isn't trivialized by its incorporation into a thriller narrative. A detective novel written with a convincing psychological insight. (Kirkus UK)
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