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Execution Dock (William Monk Mystery) [Paperback]

Anne Perry
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29 April 2010 William Monk Mystery

Once again, Inspector William Monk, now of the Thames River Police, must face a dangerous foe.

It's 1864, and after a game of cat and mouse, Monk has captured Jericho Phillips, the man he suspects of brutally killing a young mudlark and running an evil child prostitution ring. In bringing Phillips to justice, Monk hopes to close down the ring and avenge the memory of Durban, his old commander, who was determined to capture Philips. However at trial justice does not prevail. Oliver Rathbone, Monk's friend, is hired anonymously to represent the accused and when he proves that vital evidence is missing, Phillips is freed. As Monk begins the investigation again, venturing deeper into London's murky underworld, he realises that Durban may have had his own reasons for pursuing Phillips, and shockingly, that secret support for Phillips may reach further into civilised society than anyone could ever have imagined...


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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Headline (29 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755320638
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755320639
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 230,410 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.

About the Author

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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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brava, Ms. Perry! 4 Jun 2009
By L. J. Roberts TOP 500 REVIEWER
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Anne Perry's latest William Monk novel 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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5.0 out of 5 stars an award worthy narration 4 April 2009
By Gail Cooke TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:MP3 CD
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Very good read 20 Mar 2014
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A very good read but you will need a knowledge and understanding of the characters from her other books to get the best out of it. Would recommend this for any Anne Perry readers
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5.0 out of 5 stars Execution Dock MP3 CD 13 Oct 2013
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marvellous story from Anne Perry. rather dark at times, depicting a harsh world of poverty and exploitation. Format in CD
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5.0 out of 5 stars Execution Dock Anne Perry 28 May 2013
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I have read the complete series of William Monk books and have enjoyed them all. Recommend if you enjoy a mystery in another era. If you want to really understand the relationship between the main characters read them in order. Not essential but certainly improves the enjoyment.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Execution Dock review 25 Feb 2013
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Excellent storyline and better story planning than in the Thomas Pitt novels which are becoming too protracted. Important to read the Thomas Pitt novels in correct sequential order
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5.0 out of 5 stars I felt as though I was in the Courtroom. 21 Feb 2013
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I read a number of Anne Perry books one after the other and felt they became a bit samey!
Boy am I glad I've come back, this book grabs you from the start. Very atmospheric.
Highly recommend to any Perry fans and to Victorian London fans.
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