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A Sunless Sea

A William Monk Novel
Perry, Anne (Book - 2012)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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As commander of the River Police, Monk is accustomed to violent death, but the mutilated female body found on Limehouse Pier one chilly December morning moves him with horror and pity. The victim's name is Zenia Gadney. Her waterfront neighbors can tell him little, only that the same unknown gentleman had visited her once a month for many years. She must be a prostitute, but, described as quiet and kempt, she doesn't appear to be a fallen woman. What sinister secrets could have made poor Zenia worth killing? And why does the government keep interfering in Monk's investigation? Monk, his spirited wife, Hester, and their brilliant barrister friend, Oliver Rathbone, search for answers. Monk's quest to discover the truth behind her death leads him down a shocking path, littered with secrets that have been buried since the infamous Opium Wars. Monk must unravel the victim's link to the widow of a dead doctor, and the doctor's vanished report on the misuse of opium, before the killer strikes again. While the public cries out for blood, From dank waterfront alleys to London's fabulously wealthy West End, the three trail an ice-blooded murderer toward the unbelievable, possibly unprovable truth, and ultimately engage their adversaries in an electric courtroom duel. But unless they can work a miracle, a monumental evil will go unpunished and an innocent person will hang. This is a novel of intrigue and suspense in which Monk is driven to make the hardest decision of his life.
Authors: Perry, Anne
Statement of Responsibility: Anne Perry
Title: A sunless sea
a William Monk novel
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, c2012
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 372 p. ; 25 cm.
Summary: As commander of the River Police, Monk is accustomed to violent death, but the mutilated female body found on Limehouse Pier one chilly December morning moves him with horror and pity. The victim's name is Zenia Gadney. Her waterfront neighbors can tell him little, only that the same unknown gentleman had visited her once a month for many years. She must be a prostitute, but, described as quiet and kempt, she doesn't appear to be a fallen woman. What sinister secrets could have made poor Zenia worth killing? And why does the government keep interfering in Monk's investigation? Monk, his spirited wife, Hester, and their brilliant barrister friend, Oliver Rathbone, search for answers. Monk's quest to discover the truth behind her death leads him down a shocking path, littered with secrets that have been buried since the infamous Opium Wars. Monk must unravel the victim's link to the widow of a dead doctor, and the doctor's vanished report on the misuse of opium, before the killer strikes again. While the public cries out for blood, From dank waterfront alleys to London's fabulously wealthy West End, the three trail an ice-blooded murderer toward the unbelievable, possibly unprovable truth, and ultimately engage their adversaries in an electric courtroom duel. But unless they can work a miracle, a monumental evil will go unpunished and an innocent person will hang. This is a novel of intrigue and suspense in which Monk is driven to make the hardest decision of his life.
Subject Headings: Monk, William (Fictitious character) Fiction Private investigators England London Fiction Murder Investigation Fiction London (England) History 1800-1950 Fiction
Genre/Form: Mystery fiction
Topical Term: Monk, William (Fictitious character)
Private investigators
Murder
LCCN: 2012022484
ISBN: 9780345510648
034551064X
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY P
Research Call Number: JFE 12-6940
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Mar 29, 2013
  • gloryb rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

A murder has occurred on the docks and Monk investigates this crime. All evidence points to a wife of a deceased doctor, yet Monk believes her innocent. From that point on one reads and re-reads about the evidence at the crime scene as the detectives interview people for more information. Gradually new clues come into light from these interviews and then new theories about the why/who/how of the crime are bantered among the characters as a search for the right murderer occurs. To me the repetition of the facts of the murder got tiresome. I thought just beginning authors used that method to advance the plot. The story thus builds slowly to the climax, the trial. That is when the story becomes interesting. My first Ann Perry book.

Dec 20, 2012
  • 21221018293347 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I like the William Monk series. Good book.

Nov 19, 2012
  • mrsgail5756 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

The book was okay – but not one of my favorites.

Nov 02, 2012
  • (Staff) Elaine Bird rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Another great Monk novel. This one touches on Opium and the Opium wars - not a stellar part of the great British Empire's story. Interesting characters. Much of the story takes place in the court room which is interesting.

Sep 25, 2012
  • rowanquincy rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Another in the William Monk series and it didnt disappoint. All the usual characters and an intriguing investigation.

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