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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Headline (10 April 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755397207
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755397204
  • Product Dimensions: 15.7 x 2.8 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 426,607 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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A deadly act of terror on the Thames leads William Monk into a treacherous world where the powerful seek to buy justice, and no one is safe.

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Anne Perry is a New York Times bestselling author noted for her memorable characters, historical accuracy and exploration of social and ethical issues. Her two series, one featuring Thomas Pitt and one featuring William Monk, have been published in multiple languages. Anne Perry has also published a successful series based around World War One and the Reavley family, and the standalone novel The Sheen on the Silk. She lives in Scotland.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By emailqueen on 16 Sep 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
I've been a fan of the William Monk books for some time (having discovered them through Anne Perry's Thomas Pitt series) but this is easily one of the best. The dramatic start and the horror of the crime have a sobering resonance for a modern reader, and it's easy to imagine how shocking it would have been to Victorian sensibilities. But as ever, this is more than a simple crime thriller, with the usual helping of political machinations, the hints of corruption and the hypocrisies of society. No open and shut case to decipher, the reader unravels the clues alongside the characters, albeit with a slightly abrupt ending after the usual twists.

It also builds on the story of the central characters, and while it could be read as a standalone book, there are enough references to previous novels to potentially confuse. But 20 books in, Anne Perry isn't losing her touch - and if you're just discovering the series now, I'd highly recommend going back to the start and indulging yourself.
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First Sentence: Monk leaned forward, resting on his oar for a moment as he stared across the water at the Pool of London

William Monk, head of the Thames Police Force, witnesses the explosion and sinking of a pleasure boat which results in the death of nearly 200 people. Almost immediately, as he and his men start their investigation, the case is removed from them and given to the regular land police. A man is accused, tried and found guilty, all on circumstantial evidence and with no motive given. The man’s sentence is stayed due to his illness, which also strikes Monk as questionable. With Hester’s help, Monk regains control of the investigation, with nearly fatal results.

Perry is such a fine writer. Her descriptions are wonderfully evocative as we begin with a tranquil scene on the Thames. She then immediately changes the entire mood and secures your involvement in the story with a terrible event. Perry takes us into the environment of every level of society; from the lowest to the highest, and makes each real and understandable.

The characters are each fully drawn and dimensional. In spite of this being the 20th book in the series, new readers are given a clear understanding of the characters, their backgrounds and their interrelationships. Long-time readers see how the characters have developed, grown—some literally—and how their lives have changed. We even have the introduction of a new, young character one hopes will remain in the series. Although Monk is the protagonist, there is an excellent balance in the use of characters, drawing upon the strength of each, including Hester’s background as a nurse during the Crimean War, Rathbone as a former barrister and judge, Scruff as a former mudlark, and Crow as an unlicensed doctor.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By sandy on 15 July 2014
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I love anything Anne Perry writes, but in particular the William Monk series. This is another brilliant read - full of twists and turns and a really unexpected ending. Fantastic.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs I Button on 18 July 2014
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Excellent story, its nice how their lives have progressed from the very first story up to this one.
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excellent book ,i enjoy anne perrys books and this was know exception,if youlike gaslight type of fiction that is a real page turner. i can also recommend THE MURDER OF PATIENCE BROOKSby JC BRIGGS this is book set in that era and is similar to anne,s books another atmospheric page turner
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MRS PATRICIA J GOSLING on 27 July 2014
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Very good story. William monk is unbeatable.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By annette duncan on 23 Aug 2014
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Kept you guessing until the end!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By e l barker on 24 May 2014
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An excellent story, though part of the Monk series it can be read as a stand alone story. The characters are really well drawn and her scenes on the river are excellently described.
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