By Anne Perry
In her new masterpiece that includes deepest inquiry agent William Monk, New York Times bestselling novelist Anne Perry monitors her prodigious writing expertise. With perception, compassion, and a portraitist’s genius, Perry illuminates the moving tide of feelings encompassing Queen Victoria’s London and the folks who stay there—aristocrats, brothel proprietors, thieves, Dickensian ruffians, and their evil keepers. She takes us via harmful backstreets the place the terrible eke out their humble livings, and into the mansions of the wealthy, secure and safe of their privileged lives. Or in order that they think. . . .
William Monk is aware London’s streets just like the again of his hand; finally, they're the place he earns his dwelling. however the river Thames and its teeming docks— the place towering schooners and clipper ships dump their amazing cargoes and wharf rats and evening plunderers ply their trades—is unknown territory.
Only dire want persuades him to just accept an task from transport rich person Clement Louvain to enquire the robbery of a shipment of African ivory from Louvain’s lately docked schooner, the Maude Idris. Monk is determined for paintings, not just to feed himself and his spouse, Hester, yet to maintain open the doorways of Hester’s health center, a final inn for ailing and ravenous highway women.
But he wonders: Why didn’t Louvain document the ivory robbery on to the River Police? Why did he warn Monk to not examine the homicide of 1 of the Maude Idris team? much more mysterious, why has Louvain dropped at Hester’s medical institution a desperately sick lady who he claims is the discarded mistress of an previous good friend? Neither Hester nor Monk anticipates the nightmare solutions to those questions . . . nor the seize that quickly so fatefully ensnares them.
In this marvelous novel, Anne Perry holds the reader spellbound, as Monk and Hester fight to avoid wasting themselves and their international from a disaster whose dimensions they could scarcely degree.