A Sunless Sea

A Sunless Sea

Large Print - 2012
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As commander of the River Police, Monk is accustomed to violent death, but the mutilated female body found on Limehouse Pier one chilly December morning moves him with horror and pity. The victim's name is Zenia Gadney. Her waterfront neighbors can tell him little, only that the same unknown gentleman had visited her once a month for many years. She must be a prostitute, but, described as quiet and kempt, she doesn't appear to be a fallen woman. What sinister secrets could have made poor Zenia worth killing? And why does the government keep interfering in Monk's investigation? While the public cries out for blood, Monk, his spirited wife, Hester, and their brilliant barrister friend, Oliver Rathbone, search for answers. From dank waterfront alleys to London's fabulously wealthy West End, the three trail an ice-blooded murderer toward the unbelievable, possibly unprovable truth, and ultimately engage their adversaries in an electric courtroom duel. But unless they can work a miracle, a monumental evil will go unpunished and an innocent person will hang. This is a novel of intrigue and suspense in which Monk is driven to make the hardest decision of his life.
Publisher: Detroit : Thorndike Press, c2012
Edition: Large print ed
ISBN: 9781410451095
Branch Call Number: PERRY A
Characteristics: 669 p. (large print) ; 23 cm


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May 06, 2018

Monk finds a dead and mutilated woman on the docks, and takes a while even to identify her. She appears to be a prostitute, but is respectable, and has only one customer, who visits once a month. The man who visited her seems a likely suspect, except he died two months before her murder. Monk and Hester's search leads them to the victim's protector's wife, whom he ultimately arrests. Oliver agrees to represent her, because he thinks she's not guilty. The case revolves around the opium trade, and the government's attempts to suppress reform. To win the case, Oliver must find a reasonable doubt that she's guilty. The trial gets long-winded as his helpers, including Monk and Hester, desperately hunt for a possible second suspect. But the tension builds and builds. In the last few pages, an unlikely suspect turns up, and the case is solved. In the end, one of Perry's better outings.

Jun 02, 2016

Anne Perry always a good Victorian mystery. WE WANT more MONK stories.

Nov 06, 2015

This was a good story but a bit longwinded at times. A surprise ending. You don't know who the murderer is until the last few pages. I do enjoy the Monk series.

Jan 11, 2014

My first and probably last Anne Perry novel. It was very long-winded and repetitious.

Jan 06, 2014

I agree with the previous comment, the author repeats herself over and over and over again to the point where I almost couldn't finish it. I am glad I did finish it, but not sure I can listen to the repetition again with another book.

Mar 29, 2013

A murder has occurred on the docks and Monk investigates this crime. All evidence points to a wife of a deceased doctor, yet Monk believes her innocent. From that point on one reads and re-reads about the evidence at the crime scene as the detectives interview people for more information. Gradually new clues come into light from these interviews and then new theories about the why/who/how of the crime are bantered among the characters as a search for the right murderer occurs. To me the repetition of the facts of the murder got tiresome. I thought just beginning authors used that method to advance the plot. The story thus builds slowly to the climax, the trial. That is when the story becomes interesting. My first Ann Perry book.

Dec 20, 2012

I like the William Monk series. Good book.

mrsgail5756 Nov 19, 2012

The book was okay – but not one of my favorites.

(Staff) Elaine Bird Nov 02, 2012

Another great Monk novel. This one touches on Opium and the Opium wars - not a stellar part of the great British Empire's story. Interesting characters. Much of the story takes place in the court room which is interesting.

rowanquincy Sep 25, 2012

Another in the William Monk series and it didnt disappoint. All the usual characters and an intriguing investigation.


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