Bonus: this edition contains excerpts from Anne Perry's Treason at Lisson Grove and Execution Dock. Praise for the twisted root“when a law flies in the face of moral justice, can a person be condemned for defying it—even to the point of murder? Anne Perry argues the issue with uncommon eloquence.
The Twisted Root: A William Monk Novel #ad - The new york Times Book Review. Anne perry is a master of crime fiction who rarely fails to deliver a strong story and a colorful cast of characters. The baltimore sun a young bridegroom enlists private investigator William Monk to track down his fiancée, Miriam Gardiner, who disappeared suddenly from a party at a luxurious Bayswater mansion.
Monk soon finds the coach in which Miriam fled and, nearby, the murdered body of the coachman, but there is no trace of the young passenger. A novel whose suspense remains high until the final pages.
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But even as they scout london for clues, the case suddenly and tragically ends, in an outcome that no one—except a ruthless murderer—could have foreseen.
Slaves of Obsession: A William Monk NovelBallantine Books #ad - The american civil war has just begun, and London arms dealer Daniel Alberton is becoming a very wealthy man. His quiet dinner party seems remote indeed from the passions rending America. The year is 1861. Soon monk and hester’s forebodings are fulfilled as one member of the party is brutally murdered and two others disappear– along with Alberton’s entire inventory of weapons.
. Yet investigator william Monk and his bride, Hester, sense growing tensions and barely concealed violence. As monk and hester track the man they believe to be the murderer all the way to Washington, D. C. And the bloody battlefield at Manassas, Slaves of Obsession twists and turns like a powder-keg fuse and holds the reader breathless and spellbound.
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The Silent Cry: A William Monk NovelBallantine Books #ad - For a price, a man can procure whatever he wants. Deep in london’s dangerous slums, Victorians transact their most secret and shameful business. But then the case takes an even more shocking turn. The police cannot fathom these brutal assaults until shrewd investigator William Monk, aided by nurse-turned-sleuth Hester Latterly, uncovers a connection between them and a series of rapes and beatings of local prostitutes.
Beside him is the barely living body of his son, Rhys. In sunless water lane, respected solicitor Leighton Duff lies dead, kicked and beaten to death. But for one such man, the price he pays is his life.
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Beck from the hangman. Bonus: this edition contains excerpts from Anne Perry's Treason at Lisson Grove and Execution Dock. Two beautiful women have been found strangled in the studio of a well-known London artist. Kristian beck, a Viennese émigré who becomes the prime suspect. One of the victims is the wife of Hester’s cherished colleague, surgeon Dr.
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Death of a Stranger: A William Monk NovelBallantine Books #ad - But the sight of tracks stretching into the distance revives memories once stripped from his consciousness by amnesia—as a past almost impossible to bear returns, eerily paralleling a fresh tragedy that has already begun its inexorable unfolding. Now perry gives her myriad fans the book they’ve been waiting for—the novel in which William Monk breaks through the wall of amnesia and discovers at last who he once was.
Death of a strangerfor the prostitutes of leather lane, providing medicine, food, nurse Hester Monk’s clinic is a lifeline, and a modicum of peace—especially welcome since lately their ailments have escalated from bruises and fevers to broken bones and knife wounds. Few authors have written more mesmerizingly about Victorian London than Anne Perry.
Readers enter her world with exquisite anticipation, flower sellers on street corners, and experience a rich variety of characters and class: aristocrats living in luxury, ladies of the evening seeking customers on gaslit streets, gentlemen in hansom cabs en route to erotic diversions unknown in their Mayfair mansions.
Death of a Stranger: A William Monk Novel #ad - At the moment, however, the mysterious death of railway magnate Nolan Baltimore in a sleazy neighborhood brothel overshadows all else. Whether he fell or was pushed, a mysterious beauty who asks him to ascertain beyond a shadow of a doubt whether or not her fiancé, brilliant private investigator William Monk acquires a new client, an executive in Nolan Baltimore’s thriving railway firm, the shocking question in everyone’s mind is: What was such a pillar of respectability doing in a seedy place of sin? Meanwhile, has become enmeshed in fraudulent practices that could ruin him.
As hester ventures into violent streets to learn who is responsible for the brutal abuse of her patients, Monk embarks upon a journey into the English countryside, where the last rails are being laid for a new line.
Weighed in the Balance: A William Monk NovelBallantine Books #ad - When countess zorah rostova asks London barrister Sir Oliver Rathbone to defend her against a charge of slander, he is astonished to find himself accepting. For without a shred of evidence, the countess has publicly insisted that the onetime ruler of her small German principality was murdered by his wife, the woman who was responsible for the prince’s exile to Venice twenty years before.
Private investigator william monk and his friend hester latterly journey to the City of Water in an attempt verify the countess’s claims, and though the two manage to establish that the prince was indeed murdered, as events unfold the likeliest suspect seems to be Countess Zorah herself.
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But the river thames and its teeming docks—where wharf rats and night plunderers ply their trades—is unknown territory. William monk knows London’s streets like the back of his hand. Is she connected to the theft, or to something much darker? As Monk endeavors to solve these riddles, he can’t imagine the trap that will soon so fatefully ensnare him.
Cain His Brother: A William Monk NovelBallantine Books #ad - A model of the richness and subtleties of relationships, characters, and story construction. Chicago sun-timesin his family life, angus stonefield had been gentle and loving; in business, Caleb, a man of probity; and in his relationship with his twin brother, a virtual saint. Slowly, unwittingly, monk inches toward the truth--and also, toward the destruction of his good name and livelihood.
Darkly chilling. Perry eloquently delivers to her readers the flavor of Victorian England. Now angus is missing, and it appears more than possible that Caleb--a creature long since abandoned to depravity--has murdered him. Masterful. A triumph. Hired to find the missing man, William Monk puts himself into his shoes, searching for clues to Angus's fate and his vicious brother's whereabouts.
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From luxurious drawing rooms where powerful men hatch their unscrupulous plots, to the sewers beneath the city where poor folk fight crippling poverty, Monk must connect the clues before death strikes again. He also discovers that Mary’s father had recently died in a supposed suicide. Seconds later, the two plunge to their deaths in the icy waters of the Thames.
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Execution Dock: A William Monk NovelBallantine Books #ad - But as he will soon discover, some mosquitoes can have a deadly sting. The dreaded kingpin of this dark realm is Jericho Phillips, who seems far beyond the reach of the law. On the bustling docks along the River Thames, Great Britain’s merchant ships unload the treasures of the world. Monk’s wife, a retired brothel keeper, hester, a fearless street urchin, draws a highly unusual guerrilla force to her husband’s cause—a canny ratcatcher, and a rebellious society lady.
And here, in dank and sinister alleys, sex merchants ply their lucrative trade. To one as criminally minded as Phillips, these folks are mere mosquitoes, to be sure. But when thirteen-year-old fig is found with his throat cut, Commander William Monk of the River Police swears that Phillips will hang for this abomination.