By Anne Perry
“Give her a great homicide and a shameful social evil,” The manhattan occasions ebook Review as soon as declared, “and Anne Perry can write a Victorian secret that will make Dickens’s eyes pop.” And Perry’s new William and Hester Monk tale, a enchanting masterpiece of innocence and evil on London’s docks, outshines all her past novels during this profitable and liked series.
When the physique of a small-time criminal named Mickey Parfitt washes up at the tide, not anyone grieves; faraway from it. yet William Monk, commander of the River Police, is questioned through the pricy silk cravat used to strangle Parfitt. How did this stylish scarf—whose unique proprietor was once evidently a guy of substance—end up imbedded within the neck of a wharf rat who genuinely-earned his sordid end?
Dockside informers lead Monk to what could be a partial answer—a floating palace of corruption at the Thames controlled by means of Parfitt, the place a captive band of half-starved boys are compelled to accomplish vile acts for males keen to pay a excessive cost for middle of the night pleasures. even if Monk and his fearless spouse, Hester, would favor to pin a medal on Parfitt’s killer, responsibility leads them in one other direction—to an unresolved crime from the previous, to blackmail and extra homicide, and to a perilous war of words with a few of the empire’s most beneficial men.
To a superlative measure, Acceptable Loss presents colourful characters, a memorable portrait of waterfront lifestyles, and a narrative that achieves its such a lot exciting moments in a transfixed London court, the place Monk faces his outdated buddy Oliver Rathbone in a tribulation of approximately insufferable tension—in sum, each delectable drop of the wealthy excitement that readers count on from an Anne Perry novel.
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