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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Headline (29 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755320638
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755320639
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 2.7 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 75,015 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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The sixteenth book in Anne Perry's brilliant William Monk series. The death of a young boy leads Monk into one of his most dangerous cases yet.

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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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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By L. J. Roberts TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 4 Jun 2009
Format: Hardcover
First Sentence: The man balanced on the stern of the flat-bottomed lighter, his wild figure outlined against the glittering water of the Thames, hair whipped in the wind, face sharp, lips drawn back.

Commander Thomas Monk of the Thames River Police is accomplishes the job his predecessor started and captures Jericho Phillips for the murder of a young boy, Fig. Phillips is the owner of a floating brothel that specializes in torturing young boys and using them sex and pornographic photographs with London's wealthy and powerful. Olive Rathbone, a leading barrister, is hired by his wealthy father-in-law, to defend Phillips. When Rathbone wins his case and Phillips is declared "not guilty," Monk, his force, wife Hester and their friends band together to get Phillips off the streets.

With each new Anne Perry book I am reminded of what an amazing writer she is. She seems to love contrasts but doesn't ignore the shades of gray. Her plots are so well done and touch every emotion. They are completely engrossing and the reading of them supersedes any other activity for that day. The courtroom scene is suspenseful and it aftermath poignantly conveys the sense of failure and frustration all police must feel when a criminal is found not guilty due to the evidence not being strong enough.

She shows us London with all its layers from the wealthiest to the most poor and desperate, and that goodness and corruption exist at all levels. Perry's characters are so real it is easy to remember them book to book. At the same time she gives new, or forgetful, readers enough of each character's background to the character to become known or remembered. Perry's dialogue, including her use of vernacular and dialect, make them come to life.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Barbara Vaughan on 25 July 2009
Format: Hardcover
Anne Perry's latest book is of her usual high standard. Monk and Hester battle to prove the villain's guilt, and Oliver proves him innocent. It's left to Monk and Hester to find another charge that will stick. This creates a coolness between Oliver and Margaret and Monk and Hester. Anne Perry takes us on a 3D journey through a Victorian labyrinth to the final climax. Her word pictures are vivid and one can see the story progressing as one reads. A thoroughly "unputdownable" book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Gail Cooke TOP 500 REVIEWER on 4 April 2009
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Whatever he is reading actor/director David Colacci totally engages himself in the story. He is there, whether it be as a salami vendor in Italy, a New York cop or, this listener is happy to say, the voice of Victorian London. Many will remember his sterling performance of Anne Perry's Dark Assassin - hard as it is to believe he's even better in the latest in the William Monk series, Execution Dock.

With this, her first Monk series in three years, Perry takes us to the docks along the River Thames. Not a berth for a pleasure ship but a dark place where Jericho Phillips, a child pornographer, plies his trade, forcing young boys to commit unspeakable acts for the pleasure of pedophiles.

Perry opens her story with a chase worthy of the big screen as Monk tries to catch Phillips. The veteran detective doesn't shoot because he wants him alive "so he could see him tried and hanged." And so the pursuit continues from police boat to schooner, from barge to barge with Monk closing in until "...Phillips's face was so close, Monk could smell his skin, his hair, the exhale of his breath. His eyes were glittering, and he smiled as he brought the knife up in his hand."

Pure Perry - pure pleasure! Just try to stop listening. Of course, at this point we're only beginning of this compelling, assiduously plotted story. As the tale continues we learn more about Monk's past, witness the growing relationship between Monk and Hester, and are intrigued by the ways of 1864 London.

Highly recommended.

- Gail Cooke
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"If there is a dispute between men, and they come to court, that the judges may judge them, and they justify the righteous and condemn the wicked," -- Deuteronomy 25:1

Execution Dock isn't for those with sensitive reactions to inhumane activities, focusing as it does on Jericho Phillips's illegal activities that exploit children. If this subject matter is upsetting to you, skip this book.

If you can get past that point, the book's opening features an exceptional river chase led by the redoubtable Commander William Monk of the River Police, following up on the case developed by his predecessor, the highly regarded Commander Durban. A legal conflict ensues with some unexpected opposition for Monk and his wife, Hester. With the stakes as high as anyone can imagine, it becomes critical to shut down the unspeakable. All the stops are pulled out as each character displays unusual courage and steadfastness to see that justice is done. Before the story is over you'll get a glimpse of a side of Victorian society that you probably haven't read about before.

After the excitement of the opening chase, the legal conflict that followed seemed slow and frustrating by comparison. Keep going if you have that reaction. The book's second half picks up steam again and is much more satisfying as a detection story than the first half is.

The story places the ongoing characters in the series in new lights and puts new strains on their relationships. If you aren't familiar with the earlier books in the series, you may not enjoy this book as much as I did. It might be more like a 3 or 3 1/2 star novel for you.

The book also describes some moral dilemmas, the sort that will cause you to think about what you would have done in similar circumstances.
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