Acceptable Loss (William Monk, Book 17) by Anne Perry PDF

By Anne Perry

ISBN-10: 0345530306

ISBN-13: 9780345530301

“Give her an exceptional homicide and a shameful social evil,” The big apple instances e-book Review as soon as declared, “and Anne Perry can write a Victorian secret that may make Dickens’s eyes pop.” And Perry’s new William and Hester Monk tale, a enthralling masterpiece of innocence and evil on London’s docks, outshines all her earlier novels during this profitable and loved 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 wondered by means of the pricy silk cravat used to strangle Parfitt. How did this based scarf—whose unique proprietor used to be evidently a guy of substance—end up imbedded within the neck of a wharf rat who well-merited his sordid end?

Dockside informers lead Monk to what could be a partial answer—a floating palace of corruption at the Thames controlled by way of Parfitt, the place a captive band of half-starved boys are pressured to accomplish vile acts for males prepared to pay a excessive fee for hour of darkness pleasures. even if Monk and his fearless spouse, Hester, would like 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 dangerous disagreement with many of the empire’s most useful men.

To a superlative measure, Acceptable Loss presents colourful characters, a memorable portrait of waterfront existence, and a narrative that achieves its so much exciting moments in a transfixed London court, the place Monk faces his outdated good friend Oliver Rathbone in an ordeal of approximately insufferable tension—in sum, each delectable drop of the wealthy excitement that readers anticipate from an Anne Perry novel.

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It is a shame that I did not anticipate the pugilists of today who, like the famous Jack Broughton, in their retirement open fighting academies to train the young bucks that would take their place. Broughton has indeed been ingenious enough to construct a piece of apparel he calls mufflers—a kind of voluptuous padding for the fist. I have seen these things, and I suspect to be hit by a man wearing these gloves is quite like not being hit at all. I was much less clever than Broughton, and had no ideas of such ambitions, but I did have a few ill-gotten pounds in my pocket, and I besought a partner with whom to open an alehouse or some business of that nature.

Even in the dark, I could see her eyes shifting as she calculated. Who was I? What was my business? How might she gain the advantage? I held the pistol in my steady hand. My face bespoke calm and determination.

I seated myself at my large oaken writing desk, which faced the door. I used this desk when I ordered my affairs, but I had discovered that it served to make clear my authority. I thus picked up a pen and contorted the muscles in my face to resemble something like a man both busy and irritated. When Mrs. Garrison showed this visitor in, however, I was at pains to conceal my surprise. William Balfour was no prig—as we called thieves in those days—but a gentleman of fine dress and appearance. He was perhaps five years younger than myself: I gauged him at two- or three-and-twenty.

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