Dark Assassin by Anne Perry
A Novel (William Monk Novels)

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On a patrol boat near Waterloo Bridge, police superintendent William Monk notices a young couple engaged in an intense discussion. Seconds later, the two plunge to their deaths in the icy waters of the Thames. Was it an accident, a suicide, or a murder? Ever the investigator, Monk learns that the woman, Mary Havilland, had planned to marry the fair-haired man who shared her fate. He also discovers that Mary’s father had recently died in a supposed suicide. But Mary’s friends share their own darks suspicions with Monk, who now faces the mysteries surrounding three deaths. Aided by his intrepid wife, Hester, Monk searches for answers. From luxurious drawing rooms where powerful men hatch their unscrupulous plots, to the sewers beneath the city where poor folk fight crippling poverty, Monk must connect the clues before death strikes again.
 

About Anne Perry

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Anne Perry is the bestselling author of two acclaimed series set in Victorian England: the William Monk novels, including Dark Assassin and The Shifting Tide, and the Charlotte and Thomas Pitt novels, including Buckingham Palace Gardens and Long Spoon Lane. She is also the author of the World War I novels No Graves As Yet, Shoulder the Sky, Angels in the Gloom, At Some Disputed Barricade, and We Shall Not Sleep, as well as six holiday novels, most recently A Christmas Grace. Anne Perry lives in Scotland.
 
Published March 28, 2006 by Ballantine Books. 352 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Business & Economics. Fiction

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Despite an inventive sequence in which Monk’s wife Hester Latterly takes a friend to confront a key witness, only to see her authority squelched in a deplorably ingenious way, the seesaw mystery of who killed Toby, Mary and James Havilland remains slight and unconvincing.

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Colacci proves a fine choice as narrator of Perry's latest mystery. In this 15th William Monk adventure, the detective has barely settled into his new position as superintendent of the Thames R

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William Monk faces special challenges in bestseller Perry's absorbing 15th novel to feature the Victorian policeman (after 2005's The Shifting Tide ), as

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Anne Perry has created an extraordinary pair of sleuths: Hester, Monk's headstrong wife, a nurse who can boast of having worked with Florence Nightingale, and Monk himself, a superb investigator and a man of quiet strength, surprised by his passion for a woman of such fierce opinions.

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Reviewing the Evidence

William Monk has joined the River Police to honor a dying friend's request.

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Historical Novel Society

William and Hester Monk race against time to uncover the sinister forces connecting the three deaths and to hopefully prevent a catastrophe in the tunnel which could kill thousands.

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Monsters and Critics

The latest offering in the Victorian Inspector Monk series.

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Monsters and Critics

The latest offering in the Victorian Inspector Monk series.

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