The Reckoning

Rennie Airth. Viking, $26.95 (368p) ISBN 978-0-670-78568-1
Like its predecessors, Edgar-finalist Airth’s so-so fourth John Madden novel (after 2009’s Dead of Winter) transitions from a whodunit to a search for a known killer well before the end. In 1947, someone shoots Oswald Gibson, a retired bank manager, in the head while he’s fishing in a stream near Lewes, Sussex. Before his death, a visit from a stranger prompted Gibson to compose a letter to Scotland Yard asking about Madden’s whereabouts. Long retired from Scotland Yard, Madden is sure he never met the man. A month earlier, someone shot Dr. Wallace Drummond in his surgery in Ballater, Scotland, “in exactly the same manner.” Readers will have little trouble staying ahead of the police as they attempt to figure out what Madden, Gibson, and Drummond could have had in common, and they will be disappointed by a plot hole in the resolution. Less developed than in previous books, Madden comes across as somewhat dull. Agent: Joy Harris, Joy Harris Literary Agency. (Aug.)
Reviewed on: 06/30/2014
Release date: 08/14/2014
Genre: Fiction
Paperback - 368 pages - 978-0-14-312694-2
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