Blood on the Water

Blood on the Water

Large Print - 2014
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As her "New York Times" bestselling novels always remind us, Anne Perry is a matchless guide to both the splendor and the shame of the British Empire at the height of its influence. In her twentieth William Monk mystery, she brings us to London's grand Mayfair mansions, where the arrogant masters of the Western world hold sway--and to the teeming Thames waterfront, where one summer afternoon, Monk witnesses the horrifying explosion of the pleasure boat "Princess Mary, " which sends to their deaths nearly two hundred merrymakers.
The tragedy is no accident. As commander of the River Police, Monk should handle the case, but the investigation is turned over to the commissioner of the Metropolitan Police. An Egyptian man is swiftly caught, tried, and sentenced to die. But almost as quickly, Monk presents evidence that Habib Beshara, though a nasty piece of work, was elsewhere at the time of the blast. The investigation, now in complete disarray, is hastily turned over to Monk.
Is the crime connected with the soon-to-be-opened Suez Canal, which will enormously benefit wealthy British shipping companies? Or did all of those innocent people drown to ensure the death of just one? How did the bomber board the ship, and how did he manage to escape? Is he an anarchist or a madman?
Backed up by his astute wife, Hester, and his old reliable friend Oliver Rathbone, Monk vows to find answers--but instead finds himself treading the dangerous waters of international intrigue, his questions politely turned aside by a formidable array of the powerful and privileged. Events twist and turn like the Thames itself, leading to the shattering moment when Monk realizes, perhaps too late, that he is the next target.
Praise for Anne Perry and her William Monk novels
"Blind Justice"
"Ranks among the best . . . Perry has written. Her courtroom scenes have the realism of Scott Turow.""--Huntington News"
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"A Sunless Sea"
"Anne Perry's Victorian mysteries are marvels."--"The New York Times Book Review"
"Acceptable Loss"
"Masterful storytelling and moving dialogue."--"The Star-Ledger"
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"Execution Dock"
" An] engrossing page-turner . . . There's no one better at using words to paint a scene and then fill it with sounds and smells than Anne Perry."--"The Boston Globe"
"Dark Assassin"
"Brilliant . . . a page-turning thriller . . . blending compelling plotting with superbly realized human emotion and exquisite period detail."--Jeffery Deaver, author of "Edge"
"The Shifting Tide"
"The mysterious and dangerous waterfront world of London's 'longest street, ' the Thames, comes to life."--South Florida" Sun-Sentinel"
Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2014.
Edition: Large print edition.
ISBN: 9781410472618
1410472612
Characteristics: 513 pages.

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miaone
Oct 01, 2016

Most of Perry's books are heavy on filler: Was this why it happened? Or was that why it happened? Such questions as those comprise, I'd guess, 50% of each page. If the books were shortened to just what was plot, leaving out the repeated speculations, I'd enjoy them more. I like the characters who appear book after book, and that they grow and work on themselves and become better people. I like that Perry has them think about things on several levels at once, as we all do. I like that she has them sometimes be consumed by petty concerns and sometimes by noble ones, and often by quotidian matters, as is true for us all.

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readerpat
Sep 15, 2015

I quite enjoyed this book although it seemed to drag at times and it was hard to keep all the characters straight. Surprise ending.

rowanquincy Mar 28, 2015

A good read. Always enjoy this series and look forward to more.

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gemdetective
Dec 09, 2014

Particularly enjoyed this title in the Monk series. Set against a well researched historically accurate background. Very atmospheric in her writings of the Victorian period. I always look forward to reading the next one in this & the Thomas Pitt series.

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jazpur
Nov 14, 2014

I'm pleased to have read Anne Perry's latest in the Monk series.The background to the sinking of a pleasure boat on the Thames made for a very interesting case with the usual cover-ups at the highest political level.I enjoy the series characters.

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