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Product details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Headline; New Ed edition (4 Sept. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 075532059X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755320592
  • Product Dimensions: 11.9 x 2.4 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 632,270 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Brilliant . . . That rare blend of novel that's a page-turning thriller yet literary... Dark Assassin continues Author Perry's peerless tradition of blending compelling plotting with finely realized human emotion and superb period detail' (Jeffery Deaver)

'Brilliant . . . That rare blend of novel that's a page-turning thriller yet literary - and, best of all, one that gives us lucky readers the chance to enjoy another adventure by our favorite Victorian police superintendent William Monk. Dark Assassin continues author Perry's peerless tradition of blending compelling plotting with finely realized human emotion and superb period detail' (Jeffery Deaver)

'Anne Perry is a cross between Charles Dickens and Ian Rankin, writing beautifully crafted Victorian crime.' Henry Sutton, The Mirror (The Mirror)

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The fifteenth powerful instalment in Anne Perry's critically acclaimed William Monk series

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By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 30 May 2006
Format: Paperback
The death of Inspector Durban in The Shifting Tide leads William Monk to replace Durban with the Thames River Police as a debt of honor and to provide some much-needed income. As the book opens, Monk is shivering in the bow of a police boat during January as the boat slowly approaches Waterloo Bridge. Less than two hundred feet away, Monk spots a man and woman facing one another with passion . . . just before something terrible happens.

The unexpected event places Monk into an investigation that the Thames River Police would normally not pursue, much to the consternation of his new supervisor who is rightly concerned about a surge in river robberies. At the same time, Monk is having a hard time gaining control over his men and learning how to stop river crime.

As Monk pursues his investigation, he finds lots of loose ends that leave him dissatisfied. That, in turn, leads him to an uneasy alliance with his former friend and adversary, Superintendent Runcorn.

The loose ends all tie together into a trail that leads to the mad dash to create sewers to eliminate disease from London. Before the book ends, both Monk and Hester find themselves among the dank, dark underground rivers that criss-cross London. You'll find as entertaining a crew of expert underground helpers as Charles Dickens ever produced for these adventures.

I was tempted to grade this as a five-star book, but I couldn't quite bring myself to do that after remembering how slowly the book develops after the initial scene. Certainly, from about the half-way point to the end, this is a five-star effort full of interesting plots, subplots and villains that you'll long remember.

I don't recall a book in this series that I've enjoyed more than the second half of Dark Assassin.

The unique nature of river crime promises more exciting stories to come in this fine series.
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This is my first Anne Perry book and so, obviously, my first Inspector Monk mystery. It is easy to pick up where previous situations in earlier books must have taken place and I was happy to immerse myself in this very cold, dark and unremitting Victorian London. I felt as if I was mentally viewing this story actually in black and shades of grey, such is the way Anne Perry describes her London town.

Monk is a very likeable character ably assisted by his wife, Hestor who could probably have a story of her own such is her commitment to help Monk discover the truth in a catalogue of half-clues and lies, all intended to keep a secret just that. The story has already been outlined elsewhere so the question is whether it stacks up as a good read. It's slow to start and, although it picks up pace, for me, there is rather too much description delving into the thoughts and misgivings of the characters so the pace remains at a slow amble most of the time. I don't have a problem with the old East-end language and diction. Whether other readers of English in other countries find it more troublesome will be a mute point. However, I do draw a line at the word 'gotten' which crept on to the page. Hardly a Victorian word, hardly an English word either! Nonetheless, I enjoyed the atmosphere created by the author. I could almost feel the winter's chill as Monk struggles around London pursuing clues not so conveniently left whilst at the same time, having a run-in with his superiors in the Police Force. It seems nothing changes. From Bow Street Runners to today's Special Ops, there's always some senior police officer with a desire to be more than a policeman.
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By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 30 May 2006
Format: Hardcover
The death of Inspector Durban in The Shifting Tide leads William Monk to replace Durban with the Thames River Police as a debt of honor and to provide some much-needed income. As the book opens, Monk is shivering in the bow of a police boat during January as the boat slowly approaches Waterloo Bridge. Less than two hundred feet away, Monk spots a man and woman facing one another with passion . . . just before something terrible happens.

The unexpected event places Monk into an investigation that the Thames River Police would normally not pursue, much to the consternation of his new supervisor who is rightly concerned about a surge in river robberies. At the same time, Monk is having a hard time gaining control over his men and learning how to stop river crime.

As Monk pursues his investigation, he finds lots of loose ends that leave him dissatisfied. That, in turn, leads him to an uneasy alliance with his former friend and adversary, Superintendent Runcorn.

The loose ends all tie together into a trail that leads to the mad dash to create sewers to eliminate disease from London. Before the book ends, both Monk and Hester find themselves among the dank, dark underground rivers that criss-cross London. You'll find as entertaining a crew of expert underground helpers as Charles Dickens ever produced for these adventures.

I was tempted to grade this as a five-star book, but I couldn't quite bring myself to do that after remembering how slowly the book develops after the initial scene. Certainly, from about the half-way point to the end, this is a five-star effort full of interesting plots, subplots and villains that you'll long remember.

I don't recall a book in this series that I've enjoyed more than the second half of Dark Assassin.

The unique nature of river crime promises more exciting stories to come in this fine series.
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