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Inspector John Madden, who debuted in River of Darkness, returns in a gripping post–World War II murder mystery.

On a quiet afternoon in 1947, retired bank manager Oswald Gibson is shot in the head while fishing. In Scotland, a respectable family doctor is killed in the same manner—and with the same gun. What is the connection? Scotland Yard’s Detective Inspector Billy Styles and local detective Vic Chivers are baffled until a letter from Gibson is discovered that might shed some light on the case—a letter concerning former Scotland Yard detective John Madden. Despite Madden’s legendary memory, he has no recollection of meeting Gibson or any idea of what their relationship might have been. Madden is happily retired from police work but agrees to help his former protégé. The clues they uncover only deepen the mystery. When a third man is killed in a similar fashion, Madden and Styles find themselves in a race against time to find the killer before another man ends up dead.

A smart, intricately plotted mystery, this is the fourth title in the critically acclaimed and much-loved John Madden series.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “I have been a huge fan of Rennie Airth’s novels featuring John Madden since first reading River of Darkness and had been eagerly awaiting The Reckoning—it does not disappoint. Airth is at the top of his game, engaging the reader with dense plotting, page-turning narrative, and expert characterization. I absolutely could not put it down!”

    Jacqueline Winspear, New York Times bestselling author of Maisie Dobbs

  • “The marvelous John Madden returns in a stunning new mystery—Rennie Airth’s The Reckoning will keep you pinned to the page to the very end!”

    Charles Todd, New York Times bestselling author of the Inspector Ian Rutledge Mysteries and the Bess Crawford Mysteries

  • “Like the previous books in this almost too beautifully written series, The Reckoning is about the comforts of redemption and forgiveness—and the impossibility of forgetting.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “[John Madden] is a compatriot of such understated sleuths as…Simon Serrailler or of Adam Dalgliesh.”

    Spectator (London)

  • “The new Madden novel, set in 1947, delivers all the suspense and twisty plot turns that readers have come to expect from this popular series.”


  • “John Madden comes out of retirement in post-World War II Britain to help solve a case from his past…Although the exposition, interspersed with scenes from Madden’s domestic life, is leisurely, momentum builds to a satisfying ending. Madden’s fourth case maintains Airth’s reputation for carefully constructed, highly detailed plots. Although the hero doesn’t dominate the present-day action, his past involvement adds an emotional element to his determination to end the killings.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “For Airth’s fourth John Madden mystery, the subtleties of British society and the chills of harrowing murders collide in a tableau of great storytelling. Narrator Robert Ian Mackenzie drapes the ambiance of post WWII Britain around his listeners like a curtain, blocking out the hustle and bustle of the present. His pacing allows him to emphasize the language of Airth’s gentlemanly ex-Scotland Yard inspector. The polite and cerebral natures of the characters make the story’s crimes all the more haunting. A deadly yet delightful performance.”


  • An August 2014 Amazon Best Book of the Month in Mystery/Thriller/Suspense
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About the Author
Author Rennie Airth

Rennie Airth was born in South Africa and worked as a foreign correspondent for Reuters before becoming a novelist. He is the author of the John Madden mysteries, including River of Darkness, a finalist for the Edgar Award for Best Novel and a Macavity Award for Best Mystery and a New York Times Notable Book, and The Blood-Dimmed Tide. He lives in Cortona, Italy.