Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Book Review: Execution Dock

Title Execution Dock: A Novel (William Monk Novels)
Author Anne Perry
Rating ****
Tags mystery, series, william monk, victorian england 

Sixteenth in Anne Perry's series about William Monk. Monk was a policeman in Victorian London who lost his memory and becomes a private inquiry agent while learning how to live again. The more he learns about his past, the more he dislikes the man he was. Now, 8 years after his loss of memory, he is married and working for the River Police. He captures a man who he believes killed a boy, one of the man's string of boy prostitutes. Monk believes the case against Jericho Phillips is tight, but Oliver Rathbone, friend of the Monks, takes Phillips case and finds weaknesses that get Phillips released. Monk and his wife Hester must build a new case against Philips if they want to stop Phillips and his exploitation of young boys.

As always, Perry depicts some of the worst parts of Victorian life, and that can be depressing. The plots are good, and the characters must deal with issues of trust. Worth reading.

Publication Ballantine Books (2009), Edition: 1 Printing, Hardcover, 320 pages
Publication date 2009
ISBN 034546933X / 9780345469335

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