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Acceptable Loss (William Monk Mystery, Book 17)

A gripping Victorian mystery of blackmail, vice and corruption

By Anne Perry

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Format: Paperback, 448 pages
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Published In: UK, 01 September 2011
The seventeenth novel in Anne Perry's acclaimed William Monk series 1864 - Monk and his wife Hester are doing their best to care for Scuff - a homeless boy slowly recovering from a terrifying ordeal at the hands of Jericho Phillips, the runner of a child prostitution ring. Although Scuff's evil abductor is dead, there is no suggestion that the ring has been broken and Scuff is certain that more children are suffering an even worse fate. Monk is determined to find the remaining children and uncover, once and for all, the men funding the operation. And when the body of small-time crook Mickey Parfitt washes up on Mortlake's shore, it fortuitously points him in the right direction. But as Monk's investigation continues, the reputations of respected gentlemen, including Arthur Ballinger, father-in-law of Monk's friend Oliver Rathbone, start being called into question and his task becomes fraught with unforeseen dangers. In an illicit world of blackmail, vice and corruption, Monk must follow the trail - and his conscience - wherever it leads, no matter how disturbing the truth may be.

With twenty million books in print throughout the world, Anne Perry's bestselling novels are noted for their memorable characters, exploration of social issues and historical accuracy. Selected by The Times as one of the twentieth century's '100 Masters of Crime', Anne lives in Scotland.

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Inspector William Monk once again faces a dangerous foe in the seventeenth novel in Anne Perry's acclaimed series

About the Author

Anne Perry is a New York Times bestselling author noted for her memorable characters, historical accuracy and exploration of social and ethical issues. Her two series, one featuring Thomas Pitt and one featuring William Monk, have been published in multiple languages. Anne Perry has also published a successful series based around World War One and the Reavley family, and the recent standalone novel The Sheen on the Silk. Anne Perry was selected by The Times as one of the twentieth century's '100 Masters of Crime'.

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'Perry cleverly gives her readers a continual thread and a sense of location . . . A very enjoyable read indeed . . . Recommended' * Bookbag * 'Anne Perry, mistress of the Victorian murder mystery, has taken over where Dickens left off . . . A murder mystery made to make you think' * Lancashire Evening Post *

In Perry's latest novel set in Victorian England, William Monk, commander of the Thames River Police, is investigating the murder of a smalltime crook. But his inquiries soon uncover widespread corruption, child prostitution, and eventually more murder. A versatile, nimble narrator is required for this audio version of a story moving through several strata of Victorian society and filled with dramatic sequences and emotional confrontations . And Ralph Lister fits the bill admirably. He provides a range of distinctive accents-from common to posh-and creates apt voices for Perry's carefully crafted characters. His Monk is tough, determined, and wary; his rendition of Monk's wife, Hester, is spirited and down-to-earth; and his Sir Oliver Rathbone is as noble as he is aristocratic. Lister is just as careful with the supporting players, perfectly capturing a host of characters including Rathbone's intolerant, sharp-tongued wife and Monk's young ward, whose high-pitched Cockney chirp combines fear, gratitude, and hope. A Ballantine hardcover. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

EAN: 9780755376858
ISBN: 0755376854
Publisher: Headline Book Publishing
Dimensions: 19.7 x 13.2 x 2.9 centimetres (0.30 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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