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Acceptable Loss (William Monk Novels) Hardcover – 9 Aug 2011


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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; First Edition edition (9 Aug 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345510607
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345510600
  • Product Dimensions: 2.8 x 16.5 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,787,755 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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With twenty million books in print throughout the world, Anne Perry's bestselling novels are noted for their memorable characters, exploration of social issues and historical accuracy. Selected by The Times as one of the twentieth century's '100 Masters of Crime', Anne lives in Scotland.


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 9 Jan 2012
Format: Audio CD
"The way of a guilty man is perverse;
But as for the pure, his work is right." -- Proverbs 21:8 (NKJV)

This is my favorite of the William Monk novels in its brilliant portrayal of ethical dilemmas in Victorian England.

If you have not read Execution Dock, be sure to read or listen to that book before Acceptable Loss, which continues the story in that prior William Monk novel. Such knowledge is necessary to gain the full benefit of reading Acceptable Loss.

I am reviewing the unabridged audio CD, which I listened to, rather than the printed (or Kindle) version. I apologize in advance if I misspell any character names since I haven't seen most of them.

Acceptable Loss addresses some very fundamental issues that may make you feel uncomfortable. But the best novels do that. Let me mention them in case they are reasons for you to avoid the story.

The most obvious source of discomfort is the investigation of a criminal scheme involving blackmailing men who abuse imprisoned boys for thrills and sexual gratification. A second source of discomfort relates to the personal cost of the obligation to seek justice . . . something that may cause a reader or listener unease in examining herself or himself in her or his own personal matters. A third dimension of discomfort comes from the issue of personal loyalty versus public responsibility when long-term personal happiness is at stake. A fourth type of discomfort can follow realizing how corrupt one is forced to become when serving those who lack morality. A fifth source of discomfort comes in the issue of how far someone should go in using immoral means to achieve "good" purposes.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L. J. Roberts TOP 500 REVIEWER on 7 Jan 2012
Format: Hardcover
First Sentence: Hester was half-asleep when she heard the slight sound, as if someone were taking in a sharp breath and ten letting out a soft, desperate gasp.

Inspector William Monk and his wife, Hester, are still trying to help young orphan Scuff overcome his horrific experience of being kidnapped for use on a ship owned by Jericho Phillips used to "entertain" wealthy, corrupt men. No one much cares that Mickey Parfitt has been murdered, until the means of his death is discovered to be an expensive custom silk cravat belonging to a wealthy young man. In the investigation, they track Parfitt back to another such ship where 14 young boys are found held captive. Before his suicide, Lord Justice Sullivan, also involved in the previous case, had claimed wealthy barrister Arthur Ballinger, was the power and money behind the boat. A further complication is that the Monks' friend, barrister Oliver Rathbone, is married to Ballinger's daughter.

To say Anne Perry is a superb writer is anything but hyperbole. There is no one who better captures the Victorian period. From the homes of the wealthy, to the lowest, meanest parts of London, she creates a fully-realized world and time. Her detail is exacting; answering any question a reader might have as to its veracity. She doesn't paint the pretty picture, but the rough-edged, realistic view of the time.

Perry clearly illustrates the misconceptions and bias formed by people based only on social and economic differences. The subject of pedophilia and pornography is timeless and terrible. She raises strong moral and ethical issues, but never in a manner that is preachy or strident.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By hollie on 28 Oct 2011
Format: Paperback
Anne Perry books are always good and Acceptable Loss was just as good as I thought it would be, She only gets better.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By P Tweed on 22 Sep 2011
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I am a great fan and thoroughly enjoyed this, although I do take the point of another review where it was stated that it didn't have the same impact, as the previous book "Execution Dock" hadn't been read. Although usually her stories do stand alone, I think the reader would "get more out of it" if the previous book had been read.

The only one of her books that I really disliked was "Sheen of Silk" set in Byzantium. The early "Thomas Pitt", are also more interesting because there is much more family background given to them - ie, what is happening with Aunt Vespasia, her sister, etc.

Nevertheless, overall, an extremely good standard.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 15 Aug 2011
Format: Hardcover
To be honest I've not read Anne Perry prior to this so I feel that with so many other titles out there previously I did wonder if I'd be left out to dry with very little clue as to who is who and what the hell is happening. What I actually received from this title was a story that felt like a continuation, the subject matter was uncomfortable and to be honest it felt that the plot was a little stretched with what it achieved to create a full length story of what would have worked better as a novella.

That said however I did like the characters, they had a real feeling of depth and with the authors writing style it felt that it brought the time period to life which for me is the key aspect to any title. I will more than likely read other titles by Anne although I think I'll have to start at the beginning to get the full impact.
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