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By Anne Perry

Anne Perry’s 17th William Monk novel, now in paperback, is a captivating masterpiece of innocence and evil on London’s docks, a great addition to this winning and loved series.
On a London riverbank, while the physique of small-time criminal Mickey Parfitt washes up with the tide, not anyone grieves. yet William Monk, commander of the River Police, is questioned by means of the homicide weapon: a chic shawl whose unique proprietor used to be evidently a guy of substance. Dockside informers lead Monk to a floating palace of corruption at the Thames controlled by way of Parfitt, the place a band of half-starved boys is held captive for males prepared to pay a excessive fee for middle of the night pleasures. even though Monk and his fearless spouse, Hester, could gladly gift Parfitt’s killer, responsibility leads them in one other direction—to an unresolved crime, to a perilous war of words with many of the empire’s most valuable males, and finally to a court showdown with Monk’s previous buddy, Oliver Rathbone, in an ordeal of approximately insufferable rigidity and suspense.
“Masterful storytelling . . . [the] most sensible within the sequence to date.”—The Star-Ledger

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She obtained up and went to the kitchen, raked out the ashes, and lit the range, banking it as much as get sizzling quick. It was once early, and he or she didn't waken Scuff. this day was once Sunday. they can remain right here jointly, maybe even visit church, like a typical relatives. Scuff cherished that simply because every body may perhaps see them jointly, see that he belonged. She gave Monk piping scorching tea and clean toast along with his favourite jam, then sat contrary him on the desk. there has been no sound within the kitchen, and the single mild used to be from the fuel bracket at the wall casting a yellow glow, shadows all over the place. while he had acknowledged not anything for numerous mins, she caused him. “Do you actually need to discover who killed Parfitt? ” she requested quietly, pushing the toast around the desk towards him. “Yes, in fact I do! ” he stated vehemently, then checked out her face. He knew he needed to be extra sincere; even a part mislead her equipped a barrier he couldn't reside with. “No, no longer totally. Parfitt was once vile, and if it was once one in all his sufferers, I’d feel free to permit him move. If it used to be one of many boys, or maybe or 3 of them, I don’t even comprehend if I’ll arrest them. no matter if i'll turn out which of them, i'd no longer attempt to. ” She stated not anything. He took the toast and buttered it. “But if it’s the fellow in the back of the entire exchange, most likely at the back of Phillips to boot, then sure, i need to discover him. and that i are looking to dangle him. ” Monk fished the be aware out of his inside of pocket the place he carried it, conscientiously, in an envelope. It used to be either a talisman and a weight dragging him down. He took the be aware out of the envelope and positioned it at the desk among them, good clear of the jam or the teapot. “This used to be written by way of a literate individual, grownup. It’s a robust hand, used to writing. ” She checked out him, then down on the torn piece of paper. She picked it up and skim it. “But you haven't any concept who wrote it? ” “No. It’s good-quality paper and completely traditional pencil. The envelope’s mine. ” She grew to become the be aware over in her fingers. The silence looked as if it would stretch till he may possibly listen the ticking of the clock at the mantel over the range. Her shoulders have been stiff; a tiny muscle clenched in her jaw was once flickering. “Hester? ” His voice was once quiet and but crammed the room. She appeared up at him. “The phrases are Latin. They’re medicinal drugs. this is often a part of a listing of items we order usually for the hospital. ” He stared at her. This was once the very last thing he had anticipated her to assert. “You realize the handwriting? ” he requested. “Claudine’s,” she stated. “But she may have given the checklist to numerous humans. ” “Margaret,” he spoke back. “Isn’t she the one that retains the cash, and buys such issues? ” “Yes. yet so does Squeaky, occasionally. ” Her voice was once tight, choked with grief. He reached around the desk and positioned his give up hers. He knew what she used to be frightened of. Squeaky had saved a brothel whilst they’d first met him. He had appeared at the floor to have reformed his methods, lower than duress, maybe, yet nonetheless really surely. He had even taken one of those excitement in his respectability. Had all of it been an act to hide a fair darker facet? Had they been too blinded by way of desire and want to examine him extra heavily?

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