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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 7 September 2013
First Sentence: Hester let the hansom cab pass, then crossed Portpool Lane and went in through the door to the clinic for sick and injured prostitutes.

From the very beginning, we are introduced to the main characters, as well as being provided their backstories. While this may not be strictly necessary for continuing readers, it is a boon for readers new to the series and an author who doesn't take forget new readers is one to be commended. Perry has wonderful ability for conveying insights into the lives of her characters and their thoughts. They become very real people to the reader; people about whom you care. In this book, that is particularly important.

Ms. Perry excels at raising social, moral and ethical issues and looking at them from various sides. She poses questions and, while she may provide her answers, she causes the reader to consider and weigh their own answers. She even address crime by those who feel they are entitled..."...they all think they will be the one to get away with it." Although this introspection does slow the first part of the book, she more than makes up for that later.

Perry creates a very strong sense of time and societal conventions, yet often in subtle ways. A character is admiring a particular painting..."it is quite lovely," he said instead, looking at the little painting. "I think he could well become professional, don't you?" Henry smiled. "Actually it's a `she,' so I doubt it..."

There is nothing fluffy about a Perry book. She asks serious questions, addresses serious issues, and makes you look at things in a way you may not have previously. Although set in Victorian England, all the issues she raises are just as relevant today. At the same time, the story has an excellent twist, plenty of suspense, drama and tension.

"Blind Justice" may be a bit of a morality play, but it's also a cracking good and suspenseful mystery with possibly devastating consequences for one of the principal characters. Although a bit slow and repetitive in the beginning, one should always trust that Ms. Perry will make it well worth your while to stay with it and read to the end. You won't regret it.

BLIND JUSTICE (Hist Mys-Monk/Hester/Oliver Rathbone-London-Vict) - VG+
Perry, Anne - 19th in series
Ballentine Books, 2013
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VINE VOICEon 18 July 2014
Rather a protracted start to this novel, almost resembling a police procedural. Half-way through the pace quickened. The novel centred largely on Oliver Rathbone on a charge of perverting the course of justice. We see him in a soul-searching, self-questioning mood. He considers punishment, seeing it as a more organic concept than his previous attitude. Henry Rathbone suffers during his son's plight and AP transmits the feelings of failure and shakey confidence. Rathbone awakes to the suffering of the families of those he has pronounced guilty. Scuff takes on a small but central role as he too questions Monk and Hester about right and wrong and how this impacts on loyalty to a friend. This is a test of Rathbone's life up until this point and his endurance. It is about the solidity between Hester, Monk and Scuff, an examination of relationships under great pressure and a re-evaluation of justice. It is a philosophical piece about the nature of good and evil and its impact on innocent and guilty.
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Oliver Rathbone is presiding over a case of fraud in the Old Bailey when he recognises a key witness: as judge, should he hide what he knows about this man and risk an acquittal, or take the law into his own hands?

This might be a Victorian mystery/crime but it succeeds in having more moral heft and gravitas than some other more `literary' novels. I've only discovered Anne Perry fairly recently but already can see that the William Monk series of which this is the latest in the series is graver, more sombre and sometimes more grim that the slightly cosier Charlotte & Thomas Pitt series.

As well as having a clear moral vision, this is a well-structured book with an intelligent architecture to it. Concerned with pressing issues about the law, justice, and less tangible moral qualities, this is surprisingly intense at times as it probes the weaknesses and fallibility of the legal system.

There is a slight touch of sentimentality in this book, especially around the Christian parishioners who are all positively saintly - but that's a small niggle in a compelling drama.

Recommended.
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on 22 April 2013
Read all her books, this is upto the author's usual standard. Good storyline but for anyone wanting to read the Monk series, start at the beginning. Would recommend this book.
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on 11 October 2013
Found this very heavy going and a bit repetitive. Will probably try and read it again in a couple of months to see if I get on any better. Found myself skipping pages!
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on 9 October 2013
I have read many Anne Perry books and they all touch on moral problems related to todays way of life though they were written about a different era. This book was no exception but I found it disappointing. To consistently read about curtains and furniture and dress designs in great detail about every house which is visited by Monk and Esther takes up a lot of reading time and I tend to skip it. The plot whilst a good one was rather predictable and I felt the ending was rushed. Her fans will carry on buying her books but I feel this was not up to her usual standard.
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on 13 June 2014
I did hope that Anne Perry would have resolved the vice from her previous book but she got stuck on this nasty subject and I, at least, was saturated with the subject. Should have been resolved somehow in her wonderful way and her next William Monk book would explore another Victorian nasty.
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on 21 January 2015
Anne Perry's books are a great read if you like murder mystery with twist at the end!! Set in Victorian times these books in both the William Monk series and the Thomas Pitt books give one an insight of what it was like to live in that period!!
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on 17 January 2014
Bought blind justice at a good price that I could afford the book arrived in good condition and in the time stated by the sellar trying to collect all the books in the serise would use the sellar again
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on 23 August 2013
Sir Oliver in the dock instead of his usual place. Monk and Hester along with Squeaky and Scuff have very little time to find evidence to clear him. Anne Perry at her best.
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