- Author Bio
In this exciting new William Monk novel, Anne Perry delves into the hidden immigrant population of Victorian London, whose desperate plight forces 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. Suspecting the murder may be rooted in ethnic prejudice, Monk turns to London’s Hungarian community in search of clues but finds his inquiries stymied by its wary citizens and a language he doesn’t speak. 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. But whoever the killer, or killers, may be—a secret society practicing ritual sacrifice, a madman on a spree, a British native targeting foreigners—they are well disguised among the city’s ever-growing populace.
With the able assistance of his wife—former battlefield nurse Hester, who herself is dealing with a traumatized war veteran who may be tangled up in the murders—Monk must combat distrust, hostility, and threats from the very people he seeks to protect. But as the body count grows, stirring ever greater fear and anger among the Hungarian émigrés, resistance to the police also increases. Racing time and the rising tide of terror all around him, Monk must be even more relentless than the mysterious killer, or the echoes of malice and murder will resound through London’s streets like a clarion of doom.
Story Locale: Victorian London
Publication History: Ballantine HC (9/17)
THE 23rd WILLIAM MONK NOVEL, following Revenge in a Cold River.
CROSS-SELL: A Christmas Revelation and Dark Tide Rising, the 24th William Monk novel, will publish in hardcover in Fall 2018.
PRAISE for Perry’s previous William Monk novels: “The storytelling is dazzling, as it always is in a Perry novel…. Like the great Dickens novel Our Mutual Friend, the Monk series has a deep, almost primal bond with London’s river, which disgorges all sorts of objects, including human bodies, with each tide…. Uncommonly atmospheric.” (The New York Times Book Review); “Masterful storytelling.” (The Star Ledger); “If Perry isn’t the Queen of British Mysteries (and P.D. James may still hold that title), then she’s certainly the Grand Duchess.” (New Jersey Daily Record)
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“[Anne] Perry fashions a rich, if blood-spattered narrative from this chapter of history. As the murders [of Hungarians] continue, Monk and his clever wife, Hester…struggle to fathom the new climate of hatred. ‘I think it’s fear,’ Hester says. ‘It’s fear of ideas, things that aren’t the way you’re used to. Everyone you don’t understand because their language is different, their food, but above all their religion.’ How times haven’t changed.”—The New York Times Book Review
“Skillful…[Anne] Perry smoothly intertwines themes—war’s lingering cost, tension around immigration and otherness—that challenge in both her period and our own. Her gritty depictions of Victorian medicine at home and on the battlefield ground the story in wrenching realism.”—Publishers Weekly
“An atmospheric whodunit, which awakens London to tumultuous, compelling life…This latest installment in the William Monk series resounds with the great Victorian classics, Stevenson’s Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Dickens’s Edwin Drood, and Stoker’s Dracula.”—Historical Novels Review