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Rennie Airth

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Nationality  South African
Name  Rennie Airth
Role  Novelist

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Born  1935
Awards  Grand Prix de Litterature Policiere - International Category
Nominations  Edgar Award for Best Novel, Dilys Award
Books  River of Darkness, The blood‑dimmed tide, The Dead of Winter, The Reckoning, Nacht ohne Gesicht

Book Review: "River of Darkness" by Rennie Airth -- Review by Display of Disgrace

Rennie Airth (born 1935) is a South African novelist who currently resides in Italy. Airth has also worked as foreign correspondent for the Reuters news service.



His works include Snatch! (1969), Once A Spy (1981), and a series of murder mysteries set in England between 1921 and 1949 featuring Detective Inspector John Madden of Scotland Yard (later retired). The first of these, River of Darkness (1999), won the Grand Prix de Littérature Policière for best international crime novel in 2000 and was nominated for Edgar, Anthony, and Macavity awards in the States. Airth found inspiration for that tale in a scrapbook about his uncle, a soldier killed in World War I. A sequel, The Blood-Dimmed Tide, was published in 2003, and a third book, The Dead of Winter, in 2009. Although Airth initially intended to write a trilogy about Madden, in 2014 he produced a fourth entry in the series, The Reckoning, and followed that with The Death of Kings (2017).


  • Snatch (1969)
  • Once A Spy (1981)
  • Detective Inspector John Madden
  • River of Darkness (1999)
  • The Blood-Dimmed Tide (2004)
  • The Dead of Winter (2009)
  • The Reckoning (2014)
  • The Death of Kings (2017)
  • References

    Rennie Airth Wikipedia

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