Friday, November 21, 2014
A person's actions can have long lasting consequences
This story turned out to be just what I was in the mood for. The plot was interesting in the manner in which the investigation went about to discover a killer's motive and then to identify and arrest the perpetrator.
Rennie Airth conceived this story where the investigators are senior officials of Scotland Yard and bringing out of retirement, John Madden. Madden has been enjoying his retirement and is active in the operation of his country farm. His gladly accepts when his friend, Det. Inspector Billy Styles, asks for his assistance.
The first person killed had been in the process of writing to Madden about an incident which happened in WWI. As Madden begins helping with the case, he has no recollection of the man or an incident that might be worth killing for.
The writing is literary, speaking about young soldiers going to the front lines in France during WWI, "They all looked like that when they came out to France...they were determined to do their duty. They had no idea what was waiting for them."
We learn about a number of men who are killed in the same manner and with the same weapon. The investigators are tenacious in the manner in which they attempt to stop the murdering as the bodies pile up and newspapers criticize their effort.
It was also interesting to see Madden when he was not an investigator. We watch him help his wife's elderly aunt with her home renovations and see ourselves in similar situations.
Overall, a book I recommend and a story I will tell others not to miss.