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Slaves and Obsession [Paperback]

Anne Perry
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7 Jun 2001
In the American Civil War the opposing armies are desperate for arms. A London trader selling weapons to the South faces a moral dilemma when his daughter, in love with a Confederate, insists he change sides. When he is brutally murdered, her lover is the immediate suspect. William and Hester Monk must bring the pair back from the front line in America to face justice in an English court.

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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Headline; New Ed edition (7 Jun 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747263191
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747263197
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 305,302 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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'Perry's characters are richly drawn and the plot satisfyingly serpentine. However, the best element in this novel is Perry's depiction of the excitement preceding and the butchery during the Battle of Bull, reminiscent of Thackeray's unflinching portrait of Waterloo in VANITY FAIR. As Hester uses her Crimean War nursing experience to aid the strocken soldiers, her feelings of revulsion and inadequacy are especially compelling. A remarkable addition to the Perry canon' Booklist

'Perry has here provided a meticulously plotted crime story with alibis and deception leading enerringly to the solution' The Scotsman

'Anne Perry's creation of William Monk, the nineteenth-century private investigator, has proved a welcome and original addition to the crime fiction genre...stylish and highly-individual murder mystery' Yorkshire Evening Post --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The eleventh bestselling novel featuring William Monk from acclaimed author Anne Perry

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Anne Perry's best but... 4 Aug 2001
A really enjoyable and gripping book, written with a tolerant view of both sides of the Civil War The war part is a terrific piece of writing and the story does not tail off after what could have been a central climax, but I found the ending very complicated and a couple of minor issues left , to me, unexplained.
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I am a great fan of Anne Perry's novels but this one was so poor that I just could not be bothered to finish it.It felt as if the author had asked herself which politically correct cause she could lecture her readership on this time,decided on slavery,and written a novel to fit around it.A good story flows from good characters and plot not a desire to please the literary establishment by promoting fashionable causes.Anne Perry should go back to doing what she is good at,writing cracking detective novels.Her readers are intelligent enough to make up their own minds on political questions.
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4.0 out of 5 stars great way to spend a rainy afternoon 23 Oct 2000
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Anne Perry's William Monk novels had their dramatic climax when Monk and his love-hate interest Hester Laterly announced their engagement. Now that they have a perfectly pleasant marriage, the mysteries are still interesting, but the special zing Monk novels had is all but vanished. The case Monk faces this time involves both gun running, the civil war, and fratricide, and Monk does his patented asking-around-until-the-last-possible-minute schitck with his usual aplomb. It's very predictable, what provides most of the dramatic tension in this book is the way Hester gets to face up to her trauma from the Crimean War when she finds herself nursing soldiers at first Manassas (aka. Bull Run). There are also some touching bits with Hester and Rathbone, but I think I've spoiled this book enough. If your a fan, enjoy, if you're not, read an earlier Monk - preferably one published before "The Twisted Root". "Defend and Betray" was excellent.
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5.0 out of 5 stars kindle edition 29 May 2013
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a very good book except for the fact that there are not always spaces between words making it hard to make it out
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