Revenge in A Cold River

Revenge in A Cold River

A William Monk Novel

Book - 2016
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"Master of mystery and historical intrigue Anne Perry once again transports readers to the banks of the Thames in Victorian London for her thrilling new William Monk novel. In Revenge in a Cold River, Monk faces his darkest hour ever as he spars with a quarry hell-bent on vengeance. When Commander Monk of the Thames River Police is called to investigate the drowning of an escaped prisoner, he's forced to contend with customs officer McNab, who clearly bears a bitter grudge against him. But the reason is a mystery in itself. Monk's memory loss--a secret he guards closely--leaves him vulnerable to repercussions from his missing past, especially his exploits overseas in the tumultuous Gold Rush days of San Francisco. And now McNab, as icy and unfathomable as the steel-gray Thames itself, appears intent on using whatever damning facts he can find to his advantage to ruin Monk's future as an officer of the law. As Monk explores the possibility of a conspiracy, McNab's game of cat and mouse escalates, with veiled threats and cryptic insinuations. Snared in an unforeseen trap, a desperate Monk must turn to his wife, Hester, and friend and attorney Oliver Rathbone for help, as his life literally hangs in the balance. With razor-edged suspense and shocking twists and turns, Revenge in a Cold River is Anne Perry at her most intense--and most satisfying. Praise for Anne Perry and her William Monk novels Corridors of the Night "[A] suspenseful, twisting narrative."--Historical Novels Review Blood on the Water "One of Ms. Perry's most engrossing books. gallops to a dramatic conclusion."--The Washington Times Blind Justice "[Perry's] courtroom scenes have the realism of Scott Turow."--Huntington News 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"-- Provided by publisher.
"Commander William Monk has learned to live with the fact that he cannot remember the events of his life prior to a horrific carriage accident years ago. But when a ghost from his past, a man he has no recollection of, attempts to frame him for a series of murders, he must rely on the help of his wife Hester and his close friend Oliver Rathbone in order to free himself--from both the charges, and the demons that have haunted him since the accident"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, [2016]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781101886359
Branch Call Number: M PERRY 2016
Characteristics: pages ; cm


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May 14, 2018

Monk's accident years before robbed him of his memories, even of his name. Piece by piece, he puts his identity back together, not always liking who he'd been. He shares his identify with only a few, including his wife Hester. Spoiler alert: In this book, Monk realizes several people appear to know who he was before his accident. Some use this knowledge against him, others are more understanding. An interesting use of the major issue for Monk from the beginning of the series.

Jan 28, 2017

I am new to the Monk books although I have read many of her Charlotte and Thomas Pitt stories, and I did read the first Monk book. In Revenge in a Cold River I did not recognise many of the regular characters but the excellent characterization and subtle guidance let me keep up. I like all the characters and was fooled by a couple of the red herrings: a good rule of thumb for my appreciating a mystery. I thought the trial scene at the end went on a little too long and also thought the grounds for arrest were awfully flimsy, but I'm totally ignorant of the 19th century English legal system. I especially liked the vivid description of the city and its customs 1870s. A good read.

Nov 14, 2016

I liked this book in the continuing William Monk police series set along the Thames River in London. It was an interesting progression on his story that moved along quickly and suspensefully.

Sep 26, 2016

Used to eagerly await Anne Perry's latest, especially William Monk series. However, have found lately they aren't as entertaining. This book is a little better than some of her recent books, but has some flaws. Monk is set up for a crime that leads to his arrest. This is compounded by the fact that he can't remember things about his past that might exonerate him. So his amnesia goes from being a carefully guarded secret, to something that everyone is sharing with witnesses in order to get information. Additionally, a third of the book covers various characters sharing information about circumstances, and then this information is repeated as they all come forwards as witnesses on the stand. Not sure what the point of outlining all the detecting was about, then just regurgitating it in court. Also wondering if a lot of the information would, in fact, have been admissible, since it seems to be hearsay, or just conjecture on the part of various witnesses. Not the strongest book, but better than some of the previous ones .


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