Hester has a new patient, a young man found with his father in a rough part of the East End. The father was beaten to death and the young man was seriously wounded in the attack. Monk meanwhile is investigating a series of rapes in the same area.
This is better than 'Weighed In The Balance'. There are some nice bits scattered about especially regarding Monk and his old boss. Unfortunately elsewhere, it's the same old nonsense that Perry seems to indulge in. The identity of the villain is blatantly obvious from their first appearance on the page. Hester, comes off very badly in this installment. The main clue that reveals all remains hidden due to her stupidity and seemingly forgetting all her past experiences. The fact that Perry uses these past experiences to add weight to Hester's authority regarding what has happened, just makes the whole story totally unconvincing.
A grim story on a serious subject, rendered ridiculous by poor plotting and lazy writing.