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Acceptable Loss (William Monk Series #17)

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  • Posted June 24, 2011

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    Anne Perry uses strong characterizations to make her late nineteenth century argument that justice is for sale

    After years as an inquiry agent, William Monk is once again a police officer in charge of the Thames River Police at Wapping on the London docks. At night, boats containing children as cargo sail the river to satisfy the perversion of the affluent. Unknown to the pedophiles is that they are being photographed so that their supplier can blackmail them.

    Monk believes that the pimp of one of the boats that is found floating in the river was murdered due to a disagreement; as was another one a few months earlier. A nothing crook Mickey Parfitt was strangled to death by an expensive silk cravat used as a garrote. The scarf belongs toPolire Society member Rupert Cardew who denies murdering Parfitt even though he admits to participating in activities on the boat. The cop believes the man lacks the brains to run this operation. He follows clues that lead to an arrest of a highly regarded member of society. Monk's friend attorney Oliver Rathbone, believes the suspect might be guilty though he defends him to the best of his ability.

    Though the protagonist is back on the force, the latest Monk historical mystery once again affirms the Victorian Era class distinctions between the classes when it comes to crime and punishment; as the law is sold when it comes to the wealthy aristocracy and brutal to the middle class and the poor. Anne Perry uses strong characterizations to make her late nineteenth century argument that justice is for sale. However, this is Monk's case as he is a hound on the scent of the killer allowing nothing to intrude, not even his wife, until the case is closed.

    Harriet Klausner

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 12, 2011

    Vivid Situations

    William Monk has a new job, head of the Thames River Police. His battle is not a new one, however. He failed to convict child-trafficker Jericho Phillips in the past and the abuse Phillips facilitated continues, funded by someone still unknown. The child Monk and Hester rescued from the clutches of that evil, Scuff, is settling in, although they still hear him crying in the night. Scuff says he's eleven, but looks about nine. If Monk can't stop the most recent manifestation of abuse, he will feel he's failed the boy.
    It seems to me that the Victorian England of this book was a time when morals were more sharply defined, more black and white, than they are now. The horror of an underground industry, one that panders to the perverted, juts starkly through Perry's lush prose. Some of the situations are quite vivid, just to warn you.
    A squalid little man, Mickey Parfitt, is found dead at the edge of the river. He's been bashed on the head, then strangled with a distinctive silk scarf. His unsavory companions, 'Orry (short for 'Orrible or Horrible) Jones, Tosh, and Crumble are questioned first, obvious initial suspects. But the scarf belongs to an aristocrat wastrel who is a benefactor of Hester's clinic for rescued women of the street. The abuse, and pornographic live shows involving very young boys, is taking place on a boat, so the murder and the trade are all within Monk's jurisdiction.
    No one is very interested in finding Parfitt's killer, since the world is better without him, but Monk is determined to find out who is supplying the money. If he doesn't, nothing will stop. The upper class seems united against Monk investigating and solving this crime. Depending on who murdered Parfitt, funding could be cut off for Hester's clinic and Monk could lose his job. Especially if Monk goes after the wrong person.

    Reviewed by Kaye George, Author of "Choke" for Suspense Magazine

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2012

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    Why does harriet klausner feel the need to reveal every plot point of the book? Please bn. Stop her from ruining other ppls enjoyment. I mean, why read the book? She tells you everything that happens.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2012

    Depth and darkness

    Perry offers in doses the bright light of Hester and William Monk, defenders of those unreached by pity, and waves of grief for the lives ruined by child pornography, secrets and blackmail. Monk has followed murderers through the depths of Victorian London's underbelly before, but this time the consequences hit close to home. This installment in the series is painted in loss and leaves readers at the end wondering how the characters will continue on in their endeavors for justice.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2011

    Good Book

    Hope Anne Perry never stops writing. Her Monk series is so good. Just grab these books. great characters. Makes you feel the constraints of Victorian society. The plots are fresh. A great read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2013

    Anne Perry doesn't disappoint

    I am a big Perry fan and especially like when she writes about Monk and Hester. This book is a continuation in a way of Executioners Dock. That being said, I think you get more if you read her books in order. The characters develope over years of storytelling. Looking forward to reading A Sunless Sea which is her next Monk novel

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2012

    Loved loved

    I loved this book could not put it down cant wait to read more of her books

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2012

    Another Hit

    I LOVE this series!! Hester is such a strong woman and Monk is a wonderful character, but all the surrounding characters are full and help advance the story .

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  • Posted September 8, 2011

    This series continues to highly entertain

    I have read all the Monk series over the years and continue to be fascinated by the detail given to the Vicorian Era. The mystery involved with most of the stories is not the main attraction, but the characters and how they deal with the time they live in is always fresh. This story continues to follow that vein.

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