I find the trio of Monk, his wife Hester, and the eminent barrister Oliver Rathbone to be one of the best in all of detective fiction. The marriage of Monk and Hester is a partnership in every sense of the word; the deep love they feel for each other is obvious, and, although it would seem they are fated not to have a child of their own, their foster son Scruff adds a dimension to it that makes me happy for them.
Oliver is suffering the death of his marriage; I felt sad for him even while realizing that Margaret was not really the wife he needed. The heroine is a widow who is accused of a murder followed by a ghastly mutilation of the body. Her husband had died, supposedly a suicide, two months prior to this. She is a brave and gallant woman who is willing to sacrifice herself for the love of her husband.
Several of the characters Monk and Hester meet along the way are memorable, including a nurse who tends the wounded sailors and dockworkers, a doctor who was a former mentor of Hester's, and another doctor whose addiction to opium following a most painful injury has ruined his life. Rathbone has an uphill battle in the courtroom against a prosecutor who truly believes in the guilt of the accused and a judge who does not appear to be as impartial as he should be.
One character must compromise his moral beliefs in the battle for justice. This was a book that only bedtime allowed me to put down.
An outstanding job by my favorite author. Coleridge was a known opium user in England when the drug was totally unregulated which leads us to the main focus of this book.
Dark Tide Rising (William Monk #24) by Anne Perry
As opium addiction is described by the author, the image of a sunless sea is a place where there is no light--only darkness, no hope--only despair, and no life--only death. The book opens with Monk, commander of the Thames River Police at Wapping Station, and Orme, his right-hand man, rowing together in a boat on the river about 20 feet from the Limehouse Pier, when they hear a blood-curdling scream coming from someone standing on the pier.
As they dock the boat and run up the stairs, the person points to what looks like "a heap of rubbage" but is soon found to be the body of a woman who has been murdered and disemboweled. As Monk and Orme begin their investigation to determine who the woman was, they assume maybe she was a prostitute who put herself in harms way.
As they search a neighborhood "about a quarter of a mile from the river" they soon discover her name is Zenia Gadney. All who knew of Zenia say she lived a quiet life with no visitors except for one man who came only once a month but hadn't been around for two months.
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Description In this riveting new William Monk novel, Anne Perry delves into the diverse population of Victorian London, whose disparate communities force Monk to rethink his investigative techniques—lest he be caught in the crosshairs of violent bigotry. In the course of his tenure with the Thames River Police, Commander Monk has yet to see a more gruesome crime scene: a Hungarian warehouse owner lies in the middle of his blood-sodden office, pierced through the chest with a bayonet and eerily surrounded by seventeen candles, their wicks dipped in blood.
Only with the help of a local pharmacist acting as translator can Monk hope to penetrate this tightly knit enclave, even as more of its members fall victim to identical brutal murders.
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