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Acceptable Loss

A William Monk Novel

Perry, Anne

(Book - 2011)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Acceptable Loss
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“Give her a good murder and a shameful social evil,” The New York Times Book Review once declared, “and Anne Perry can write a Victorian mystery that would make Dickens’s eyes pop.” And Perry’s new William and Hester Monk story, a mesmerizing masterpiece of innocence and evil on London’s docks, outshines all her previous novels in this successful and beloved series.

When the body of a small-time crook named Mickey Parfitt washes up on the tide, no one grieves; far from it. But William Monk, commander of the River Police, is puzzled by the expensive silk cravat used to strangle Parfitt. How did this elegant scarf—whose original owner was obviously a man of substance—end up imbedded in the neck of a wharf rat who richly deserved his sordid end?

Dockside informers lead Monk to what may be a partial answer—a floating palace of corruption on the Thames managed by Parfitt, where a captive band of half-starved boys are forced to perform vile acts for men willing to pay a high price for midnight pleasures. Although Monk and his fearless wife, Hester, would prefer to pin a medal on Parfitt’s killer, duty leads them in another direction—to an unresolved crime from the past, to blackmail and more murder, and to a deadly confrontation with some of the empire’s most respected men.

To a superlative degree, Acceptable Loss provides colorful characters, a memorable portrait of waterfront life, and a story that achieves its most thrilling moments in a transfixed London courtroom, where Monk faces his old friend Oliver Rathbone in a trial of nearly unbearable tension—in sum, every delectable drop of the rich pleasure that readers expect from an Anne Perry novel.

Baker & Taylor
When a murdered body is discovered in the Thames, clues lead to a heinous child-pornography case that police superintendent William Monk thought he had left behind, in an investigation that threatens his friend Oliver Rathbone and forces Monk to consider painful sacrifices.

Baker
& Taylor

When a murdered body is discovered in the Thames, clues lead to a heinous child-pornography case that police superintendent William Monk thought he had left behind, in an investigation that threatens his friend Oliver Rathbone and forces Monk to consider painful sacrifices. By the best-selling author of Execution Dock. 125,000 first printing.
When a murdered body is discovered in the Thames, clues lead to a heinous child-pornography case that police superintendent William Monk thought he had left behind, in an investigation that threatens his friend Oliver Rathbone and forces Monk to considerpainful sacrifices.

Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, c2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780345510600
0345510607
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY P
Characteristics: 304 p. ; 25 cm.

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Nice to revisit familar characters, but Perry's written better bks--this isn't one of them.

Nov 05, 2012
  • march1975 rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

This was an example of a rambling illogical plot, poor writing and completely implausible detection procedures. It was the first Anne Perry book that I have read and it will certainly be the last.

Feb 06, 2012
  • 21221018293347 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I have been away from reading the Monk series for awhile and found this latest novel quite enjoyable - like hooking up with long lost friends. This is a great series to follow!

Sep 30, 2011
  • (Staff) Elaine Bird rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Great read. Continuing the story of Monk, Hester, Scruff and Rathbone and the rest of the cast of characters. The sense of time and place is these novels is amazing.

Aug 29, 2011
  • sykutney rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A great read as usual from Anne Perry. I really enjoyed this continuing story of Monk, Charlotte and Rathbone. Anne really focuses on loyalty - and how our family ties can blur our ideas of what is right and what is wrong. very well done.

Aug 27, 2011
  • steelelady rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

another excellent historical mystery from Anne Perry

Latest Victorian-era London murder mystery with policeman William Monk.

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