Acceptable Loss

Acceptable Loss Perry s new William and Hester Monk story a mesmerizing masterpiece of innocence and evil on London s docks outshines all her previous novels in this successful and beloved series When the body of a

Perry s new William and Hester Monk story, a mesmerizing masterpiece of innocence and evil on London s docks, outshines all her previous novels in this successful and beloved series.When the body of a small time crook named Mickey Parfitt washes up on the tide, no one grieves far from it But William Monk, commander of the River Police, is puzzled by the expensive silk crPerry s new William and Hester Monk story, a mesmerizing masterpiece of innocence and evil on London s docks, outshines all her previous novels in this successful and beloved series.When the body of a small time crook named Mickey Parfitt washes up on the tide, no one grieves far from it But William Monk, commander of the River Police, is puzzled by the expensive silk cravat used to strangle Parfitt How did this elegant scarf whose original owner was obviously a man of substance end up imbedded in the neck of a wharf rat who richly deserved his sordid end Dockside informers lead Monk to what may be a partial answer a floating palace of corruption on the Thames managed by Parfitt, where a captive band of half starved boys are forced to perform vile acts for men willing to pay a high price for midnight pleasures Although Monk and his fearless wife, Hester, would prefer to pin a medal on Parfitt s killer, duty leads them in another direction to an unresolved crime from the past, to blackmail and murder, and to a deadly confrontation with some of the empire s most respected men.To a superlative degree, Acceptable Loss provides colorful characters, a memorable portrait of waterfront life, and a story that achieves its most thrilling moments in a transfixed London courtroom, where Monk faces his old friend Oliver Rathbone in a trial of nearly unbearable tension in sum, every delectable drop of the rich pleasur

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  1. Anne Perry born Juliet Hulme is a British historical novelist.Juliet took the name Anne Perry, the latter being her stepfather s surname Her first novel, The Cater Street Hangman, was published under this name in 1979 Her works generally fall into one of several categories of genre fiction, including historical murder mysteries and detective fiction Many of them feature a number of recurring characters, most importantly Thomas Pitt, who appeared in her first novel, and amnesiac private investigator William Monk, who first appeared in her 1990 novel The Face of a Stranger As of 2003 she had published 47 novels, and several collections of short stories Her story Heroes, which first appeared the 1999 anthology Murder and Obsession, edited by Otto Penzler, won the 2001 Edgar Award for Best Short Story.Recently she was included as an entry in Ben Peek s Twenty Six Lies One Truth, a novel exploring the nature of truth in literature.Series contributed to Crime Through Time Perfectly Criminal Malice Domestic The World s Finest Mystery and Crime Stories Transgressions The Year s Finest Crime and Mystery Stories

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  1. I will skip the rehash of the plot There are other reviews, if that is what you are looking for I find that the Monk books I read, the I love them and look forward to the next one I found following this one so closely after Execution Dock was an interesting literary hook Enjoyed the twists that had me second guessing myself all the way through.Two points kind of spoiled it a little One is Margaret and her behavior She was brought into the series as the society woman who was different, with opi [...]

  2. If one created a word cloud for Anne Perry s latest, the biggest cloud that would float to the front and center would be humiliation Close beside that cloud would be fear and pain All three of these emotions are perceived through the various characters eyes, so eyes would have a major place in the cloud orama as well.I ve always liked Anne Perry s writing for its social consciousness and its evocation of the period in which it is set, in the case of the William Monk series, the Victorian period [...]

  3. First Sentence Hester was half asleep when she heard the slight sound, as if someone were taking in a sharp breath and ten letting out a soft, desperate gasp.Inspector William Monk and his wife, Hester, are still trying to help young orphan Scuff overcome his horrific experience of being kidnapped for use on a ship owned by Jericho Phillips used to entertain wealthy, corrupt men No one much cares that Mickey Parfitt has been murdered, until the means of his death is discovered to be an expensive [...]

  4. I complain about Anne Perry s books every time I read one, but there must be something I like about them because I keep reading them She has two series that I know of Both are historical detective fiction set in 19th Century England and featuring a husband and wife detective team This one is one of the Monk series William Monk is variously a policeman and private detective in this one he is the chief of the River Police Hester, his wife, served as a nurse during the Crimean War and now runs a cl [...]

  5. Not my favorite Anne Perry book I think she needs to find a new word other than horror to use, can we PLEASE have Monk land a case that doesn t involve some sort of sexual depravity

  6. I am a little late to Anne Perry s ouevre and I wish her well Someone I know reads her religiously, and I when I came across an audiobook of her latest William Monk 17 good grief I thought I d give it a whirl I loved an opening section when Hester, Monk s wife, is described caring for and reading to a young street urchin whom the Monk s had invited into their home He is tortured by bad dreams, and Hester sits beside him at night, talking and telling stories until he falls asleep This vignette ha [...]

  7. Now, don t get me wrong.I m a HUGE Anne Perry fan and have read all her books I also love the William and Hester Monk characters, but in this her latest of that series I was a bit disappointed Picking up where Execution Dock ended and perhaps she should have combined the two books to make one big novel , we are still in the midst of the child porno ring story The difference here is that Monk is investigating the murder of one of the pornographers with the ultimate goal of capturing the society b [...]

  8. Enjoyed the focus on Margaret and Rathbone s character and relationship This is interesting that the mystery itself Truly, Hester and Monk take second place in this one The similarity of character between Margaret and her father the Machiavellian streak they share is fascinating, as is Rathbone s discovery of it and his naivete I am eager to see whether Perry brings Margaret back from the brink or not I think not I wonder if this plot development was necessary in order to preserve Hester as the [...]

  9. Pretty good but the moralizing tone and constant repetition of the same things over and over again got to me I m giving Anne Perry a break for a while.

  10. As Monk dives further into his investigation of the child prostitution ring from the last book Execution Dock , a murder of another lowlife allows him to focus on the money and brains behind this most horrific trade This book unearths many unwelcome discoveries and creates, what appears to be, irreparable fractures in relationships of some key characters What Oliver Rathbone faces here is heartbreaking and terrible and one wonders how he will ever recover This book definitely captivates, not jus [...]

  11. Un giallo che mi tiene sveglia fino all una di notte si merita sicuramente 4.Questo libro stata una piacevole scoperta iniziato un po lentamente, con il dipanarsi della storia, diventa sempre pi avvincente Ho divorato i capitoli finali, dedicati al processo che risolver il mistero, per scoprire se il verdetto sarebbe stato di colpevolezza o innocenza Mi sono affezionata subito ai protagonisti della serie, William Monk e sua moglie Hester, ma, soprattutto, a lei una figura di donna molto moderna [...]

  12. Title Acceptable Loss is euphemism, like modern collateral damage Investigators seek the money behind boats where blackmailers photograph rich Victorian London men sodomizing orphan boys such as Scuff, rescued previously by outspoken nurse Hester and her husband William Monk of the Thames River Constabulary Their friend, solicitor Sir Oliver Rathbone, has wed elegant Margaret she forsakes him for her accused father Lord Ballinger A costly custom silk scarf cravat that strangled boat operator Mic [...]

  13. Anyone who reads my reviews knows I am partial to historically based mystery fiction, especially fond of Anne Perry and Charles Todd the fabulous mother son duo.Acceptable Loss is set in a very particular moment of Victorian London I was not aware of learning much history as I read it, sociology, I suppose I don t want to say anything about the theme and characters per se as they are limned only too well in the preliminary GoodReads coverage What you should know is that this was a re read that [...]

  14. Coming on the heels of his last case, Execution Dock A Novel, William Monk finds himself investigating the death of the unsavory Mickey Parfitt, who was murdered with an expensive cravat Parfitt ran a boat of unspeakable horrors, and Monk hopes that finding Parfitt s killer will lead to the mastermind and financier of the boat This case hits close to home for both Monk and his friend Oliver Rathbone, and the reverberations will be felt long after the case is closed.It s definitely important to r [...]

  15. My 4 stars is based on the combination of this book and the one immediate prior Execution Dock More than any other mystery series I ve read, these two books need to be read in order and preferably one right after the other While I read the first, it s been a while and really needed to stretch to remember all of its particulars.These two books expose some of the truly awful underlife of London It s hard to read some of it I appreciate learning about life on the Thames in the mid Victorian era Oth [...]

  16. Primo giallo di Anne Perry letto, grazie all occasione della parola del mese ed a qualche suggerimento sul tema.Il romanzo, ambientato nella Londra vittoriana, fa parte di una serie con protagonista l ispettore Monk che questa volta si muove tra il degrado e lo squallore del mondo della prostituzione e del vizio e la ricchezza e superbia dell alta borghesia inglese, qui spesso intrisa di ipocrisia.Il giudizio positivo la suspense, soprattutto nella seconda parte, mi ha tenuto sveglio fino a nott [...]

  17. Anne Perry is one of the best Victorian era mystery writers around She makes the period come alive and quite understandable to us Monk and his wife, Hester, are a couple trying to make their world a better place Monk is a policeman on the Thames River and Hester runs a place for street women to get a new start They recently took in a ward, Scruff, who was a victim of a vicious child pornography ring When Monk discovers evidence of another child pornography exploitation, he goes all out to stop i [...]

  18. This Books is a continuation of Execution Dock If you have not read it, she gives enough background that you can still enjoy the book, but I would highly recommend you read the other one first The book is Anne at her Finest Her character studies are brilliant Her Social Commetary of Victorian London smack us right in the FACE with a major problem we have today with child porno and abuse However, she poses a question, can despicible evil of a few, used for the greater good of the masses be condon [...]

  19. I don t know how this happened, but I read the eighteenth book in the William and Hester Monk series before reading this one As a result, I pretty much knew where the plot was heading for the entire book Still it was an interesting journey William Monk, Commander of the River Police in London during the Victorian era, is desperate to put an end to the sexual abuse of boys as young as 5 years old and the blackmail that goes alone with it Especially since it appears that the powers that control th [...]

  20. If you like British mysteries, damp foggy nights, proper manners, class consciousness, creepy characters and plenty of moral dilemmas, then this is for you.The sub genre is historical detective and the subject is child pornography but treated with a sensible touch rather than a lurid touch, high on moral outrage but low on descriptive detail.The trial had some unexpected turns that may challenge your sense of logic but in the end its about the characters and there are a whole host of characters [...]

  21. I waited a really long year for the 17th book in the William Monk Mystery series and it was so worth it Anne Perry is such a great mystery writer No one can capture the feeling of Victorian England like her She writes about really hard topics, but she never makes her books lurid and disgusting Her characters have depth and weaknesses and struggle with complex issues that were part of England in the 1860 s and yet totally relavent to issues found in our culture, which makes her books all the int [...]

  22. Another satisfying Monk, Hester, Rathbone murder mystery I do miss the bigger mystery of Monk and liked how when he did remember anything about his past At the same time, I was gratified to have him and Hester get together happily and for Monk to uncover the big pieces of his identity so they can go on and help people I am enjoying the development of the Scuff character and would like description of him in their lives It also appears Rathbone s life is becoming and complex I have an idea of [...]

  23. About 20 pages in I realized that I had missed the previous book in the William Monk series, but I kept reading I wish I hadn t because the plot of this one was really a continuation of the previous one Regardless, like all of Anne Perry s books in this series and in the Pitt series examine the underbelly of Victorian England s society In this book and the previous one male child prostitution is the focus of the investigation How far should someone go to end the evil is the linchpin upon which t [...]

  24. This is my first Anne Perry novel and what a delight I listened to this on cd and Ralph Lister did an amazing job Each characters voice was unique and distinct I felt I was watching the story unfold on stage.The suspense was insane Who did it and why Oliver and Margaret were my favorite One to fall in love with and one to detest Monk and Hester are just as memorable with their passion for truthfulness The trail was intense and the ending was heart breaking and surprising Oh Oliver, how you deser [...]

  25. Historical fiction set in Victorian London Interesting perspective on the role of the Thames in social and economic life I was annoyed at the beginning by the Cockney dialect and repetition of the circumstances of the crime, especially because the crime involved sexual abuse of young boys The story ends with a trial I wonder how realistic , given the time and place, were the proceedings One thing I loved about the book was the depiction of upper class, gentlemanly Victorian values honor, honesty [...]

  26. First Anne Perry that I ve read and I have a feeling I should have started with the previous one but I enjoyed it Well drawn scene of London at that time, interesting characters and a plot element that I thought I d guessed but got to the end and then I wasn t sure But maybe I need to read the next to find out if I was right.

  27. 4 1 2 stars I would have given it 5 stars if I had known what was going on in the previous books Not the book, nor the authors fault I want to go back and read this whole series Very good writing

  28. Loved it Another one I couldn t put down I loved that this one was tied to Execution Dock in plot I really grew to detest Margaret I just wanted to slap her for saying the things she said to Hester And I felt so sorry for poor Rathbone He definitely deserves better.

  29. A very good story about child pornography and abuse in nineteenth century England with mostly well developed characters, one of whom is now removed from any later series Monk is at his best and Hester, of course, is on top of the game.

  30. Self doubt, desperation, misplaced loyalty, physical exhaustion, terrible fear and then the truth finally cuts through it all like vinegar on a dirty mirror and something beautiful shines out

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