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5.0 out of 5 stars Brava, Ms. Perry!, 4 Jun. 2009
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L. J. Roberts (Oakland, CA, USA) - See all my reviews
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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. Monk still has his determination for justice but has softened as a man, Hester is strong and determined, Scuff's street smarts layered over vulnerability, Sutton, the ratcatcher with his dog, Snoot, Squeaky, the ex-brothel owner, and so many more who give palpable emotion to the story. One thing I particularly loved in this book was her look at the differences in three marriages; Hester and Monk, Rathbone and Margaret and Claudine and Wallace.

Ms. Perry's books inform, entertain, and make me think. Her sense of time, place, dialogue, characters and plot are excellent. I look forward to each new book and am never disappointed. For what more can a reader ask? Brava, Ms. Perry.

EXECUTION DOCK (Hist/Pol. Proc- William Monk-England-1864) - Ex
Perry, Anne - 16th in Monk series
Ballentine Books, 2009, US Hardcover - ISBN: 9780345469335
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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
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
5.0 out of 5 stars an award worthy narration, 4 April 2009
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Gail Cooke (TX, USA) - See all my reviews
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Daring Captures, Courtroom Drama, Undercover Suspense, and Ethical Questions, 14 Mar. 2010
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Donald Mitchell "Jesus Loves You!" (Thanks for Providing My Reviews over 124,000 Helpful Votes Globally) - See all my reviews
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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. A book club with members who enjoy this series would do well to use this book for a discussion.

At the end of this book, you'll be asking yourself what justice requires. That's a fine way to end a novel that ostensibly is only about crime and punishment.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down!, 14 July 2014
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Yet again, Anne Perry has kept me fascinated to the very end. Capturing the essence of Victorian underworld, the story unfolds horrors and cruelty, kept hidden by corrupt and debauched but otherwise 'respectable gentlemen'. Hester and Monk, this time without the assistance of Oliver Rathbone who betrayed them in court, fight off scandal and blackmail to bring the tale to its inevitable but unexpected conclusion.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, 4 Mar. 2012
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This is a great book. Well written with a gripping story line. Anne Perry always writes well and this is no exception.You really feel the dirt and squalor of Victorian London. It makes you shudder with horror at the things that go on. The contrast between the poor children and their rich "protectors" is ghastly. However the story is good and eventually the villain gets his comeuppance. Well worth reading
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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 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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5.0 out of 5 stars dorset reader, 31 Jan. 2011
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Great read. Excellent charactisation, and one can almost smell the streets and river of Victorian London.Good story line, and the suspense and thrills keep going throughout the book. Would highly recommend this .
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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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