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First edition.
Publisher, Date:
New York : Ballantine Books, [2018]
Description:
289 pages ; 25 cm.
Summary:
"When a ransom exchange turns violent in the latest mystery from New York Times bestselling author Anne Perry, Commander William Monk faces an unthinkable possibility: betrayal by his own men. Local businessman Harry Exeter doesn't want the aid of the Thames River Police in tracking down the men who kidnapped his wife, Kate. He only asks them to help him navigate Jacob's Island, a creepy mass of decrepit buildings where he will hand off a large sum of money in exchange for her life. But when they arrive at the meeting place, Commander Monk and five of his best men are attacked from all sides, and Monk is left wondering who could have given away their plans--and why anyone would want to harm Kate Exeter. As Monk follows leads from Kate's worried cousin and a crafty clerk at the bank where Exeter gathered the ransom money, it seems inevitable that one of his own men has betrayed him. Delving into their pasts, he realizes how little he knows about the people he works with every day, including his trusted right-hand man Hooper, the one colleague Monk has always been certain he can count on. Even as they identify one of the kidnappers, the case runs into hurdle after hurdle, causing Monk to choose between his own safety and the chance to solve the case--and figure out where his men's loyalty really lies"-- Provided by publisher.
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LCCN:
2018014439
ISBN:
9780399179914 (hardcover)
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2
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0
Control Number:
198822
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M Per
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Author Notes
Anne Perry is the bestselling author of two acclaimed series set in Victorian England: the William Monk novels, including An Echo of Murder and Revenge in a Cold River, and the Charlotte and Thomas Pitt novels, including Murder on the Serpentine and Treachery at Lancaster Gate . She is also the author of Twenty-one Days, the start of a new series featuring Charlotte and Thomas Pitt's son, Daniel, as well as a series of five World War I novels, sixteen holiday novels (most recently A Christmas Revelation ), and a historical novel, The Sheen on the Silk, set in the Ottoman Empire. Anne Perry lives in Los Angeles.
Fiction/Biography Profile
Characters
William Monk (Male), Commander, Married, Hester's husband; suffers from memory loss; deals with a ransom of a wife of a wealthy real estate developer;
Hester Latterly (Female), Nurse, Married, William's wife; runs a free clinic for abused women; helping a traumatized war veteran
Genre
Fiction
Thriller
Mystery
Historical
Topics
Ransom
Violence
Criminals
Betrayal
Victorian society
Setting
London, England - Europe
Time Period
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Trade Reviews

  Library Journal Review

Kate, the wife of Oliver Rathbone's newest client Harry Exeter, has been kidnapped, and the abductors have demanded an enormous ransom for her safe return. Exeter, while a wealthy man, still scrambles to pull the money together. The kidnappers want the ransom exchange to take place on Jacob's Island, a dangerous place. Since he's familiar with the river and with Jacob's Island, Monk is the perfect person to accompany Exeter to make the exchange. He gathers his team, including his trusted second-in-command Hooper, to go with him. When they are attacked by the kidnappers and Kate is found brutally murdered, Monk suspects that one of his own men betrayed the operation. He lived through the abduction of his own beloved wife Hester and is especially eager to close this case. As Monk digs deeper into his team's past, old secrets are uncovered and many suspects emerge. VERDICT The 24th title in Perry's long-running William Monk series delivers an excellent atmospheric Victorian mystery. While astute readers will identify the villain long before Monk does, longtime fans will delight in the camaraderie among the series regulars and the return to the dark underbelly of polite British society.-Lynnanne Pearson, Skokie P.L., IL © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

  Publishers Weekly Review

In Edgar-finalist Perry's riveting 24th William Monk novel set in Victorian England (after 2017's An Echo of Murder), an attorney approaches the Thames River police commander on behalf of Harry Exeter, an affluent man whose wife was abducted in broad daylight from a London riverbank the previous day. Exeter, who has assembled the considerable ransom demanded, wants Monk's help with handing it over at the site that the kidnappers have set for the exchange: Jacob's Island, not literally an island but a "region of interconnecting waterways with old offices and wharfs." Monk agrees to accompany Exeter there the next day, and assembles a group of his most trusted officers to be on the scene in disguise. But despite Monk's careful planning, the exchange ends in bloody failure, and he's left to wonder who on his team gave the kidnappers the details of his operation. The added suspense from Monk's mole hunt makes this one of the series' more powerful recent entries. Agent: Donald Maass, Donald Maass Literary. (Sept.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

  Kirkus Review

Cmdr. William Monk, of the Thames River Police, agrees to join a distraught husband in the ransom exchange for his kidnapped wife only to find every conceivable thing going disastrously wrong in Perry's latest slice of Victorian skulduggery.When his wife, Kate, is lured away from her cousin Celia Darwin, who's joined her for lunch in Battersea Park, wealthy developer Harry Exeter is perfectly willing to pay the enormous sum her kidnappers demand even if it means exhausting his own resources and tapping into an inheritance Maurice Latham, another cousin, is holding in trust for Kate for another 18 months. Because the criminals have appointed dark, treacherous Jacob's Island as the place to trade their victim for the ransom, Exeter's attorney, Sir Oliver Rathbone, suggests that his old friend Monk accompany him, and Monk himself handpicks five members of the TRP to join them: officers Bathurst, Laker, Marbury, Walcott, and Hooper, his second-in-command. Upon their arrival at Jacob's Island, the party is ambushed by a crew that makes off with the money, leaving behind the brutally slashed corpse of Kate Exeter. Since their assailants clearly knew in advance the precise movements of Monk and his team, Monk (An Echo of Murder, 2017, etc.) is forced to concede that one of his own men may have betrayed him. As he struggles to fix the guilt on one of them (bantam street fighter Walcott? Bathurst, whose family is eternally in financial straits? Hooper, whom he'd trusted more than once with his life?), two other murders follow, and John Hooper complicates matters even further by falling in love with Celia Darwinan apparent tangent that will play a crucial role in precipitating the courtroom climax.One of the most successful of prolific Perry's recent Victorian melodramas. The opening chapters are appropriately portentous, the mystification is authentic, and if the final surprise isn't exactly a shock, it's so well-prepared that even readers who don't gasp will nod in satisfaction. Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.
Summary
"Riveting . . . one of the series' more powerful recent entries."-- Publishers Weekly<br> <br> When a ransom exchange turns deadly in this thrilling mystery from New York Times bestselling author Anne Perry, Commander William Monk faces an unthinkable possibility: betrayal by his own men. <br> <br> Jacob's Island is a broken-down waterside slum, a place of perpetual gloom where Monk is just as likely to lose a man to the mud and tides as to the criminals who hide in the shadows. Kidnappers have chosen this warren of tunnels and alleys as the site of a ransom exchange for Kate Exeter, the wife of wealthy real estate developer Harry Exeter. Harry asks the Thames River Police to secretly accompany him to the spot and ensure that no harm comes to him or his captive wife. But on arrival, Monk and five of his best men are attacked from all sides, and Monk is left wondering who could have given away their plans.<br> <br> As Monk follows leads from Kate's worried cousin and a crafty clerk at the bank where Exeter gathered the ransom money, it seems undeniable that one of his own men has betrayed him. Delving into their pasts, he realizes how little he knows about the people he works with every day, including his right-hand man John Hooper, the one colleague Monk has always been certain he can count on--but who is also hiding a dreadful secret. As the case runs into a series of deadly obstructions, Monk must choose between his own safety and the chance to solve the mystery--and to figure out where his men's loyalty really lies.
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