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4.0 out of 5 stars Getting to the core of justice
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...
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3.0 out of 5 stars A bit disappointing
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Getting to the core of justice, 18 July 2014
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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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3.0 out of 5 stars A bit disappointing, 11 Oct 2013
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars And the story carries on, 22 April 2013
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars "Justice and the law were not always the same thing", 30 July 2013
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Blind Justice, 11 July 2014
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As with all Anne Perry books, this one was excellent. You really feel you are part of the story, and don't want it to end
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5.0 out of 5 stars Justice for guilty and innocent, 2 July 2014
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I love this series and this book did not disappoint.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A disappointing book, 13 Jun 2014
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This review is from: Blind Justice (William Monk 19) (Hardcover)
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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5.0 out of 5 stars william monk, 21 April 2014
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love reading about William monk adventures in solving crime set in dickens London a very good read like there is always facts
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5.0 out of 5 stars William Monk series, 13 April 2014
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Anne Perry at her best, looking forward to the next 'Monk' book, a real page turner with tense courtroom scenes
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5.0 out of 5 stars blind justice, 17 Jan 2014
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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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