Dark Assassin

Dark Assassin

A Novel

Book - 2006
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For countless readers, one of life's great pleasures is the mesmerizing magic of a Victorian mystery by New York Times bestselling author Anne Perry. Her dramas of good and evil unfolding inside London's lavish mansions and teeming slums hold us spellbound. Now, in Dark Assassin, she sweeps us into a darkly compelling world that we never dreamed existed. A Thames River Police superintendent struggling to win the respect of his men, William Monk is on a patrol boat near Waterloo Bridge when he notices a young couple standing at the bridge railing, apparently engaged in an intense discussion. The woman waves her arms and places her hands on the man's shoulders. A caress or a push? The man grasps hold of her. To save her or to kill her? Seconds later, the pair plunge to their death in the icy waters. Monk can't help but wonder, was it an accident, a suicide, or a murder? It seems impossible to determine the truth, but haunted by the woman's somber beauty, he is impelled to try. Mary Havilland was her name, and she had planned to marry Toby Argyll, the fair-haired man who shared her fate. Mary's father, an engineer employed by the Argyll Company, had recently died--a suicide, according to the police and Mary's sister. But Mary's friends tell Monk that she suspected her father had been murdered because of his stubborn insistence that the Argyll Company's current project--the construction of a splendid new sewer system for the metropolis--was so badly flawed that it put the entire city in peril from flood and fire. Monk is now faced with the mysteries of the three deaths. Aided by his intrepid wife Hester, he starts looking for answers and is soon treading a slippery path that takes him from the luxurious drawing rooms where powerful men hatch their unscrupulous plots to a world beneath the city where poor folk fight starvation. In nightmarish tunnels, Monk and Hester find true friends, among them Scuff, a young mudlark; Sutton the ratcatcher; and Snoot, Sutton's clever terrier. For once, even Monk's old enemy, Superintendent Runcorn, is on his side. As rainfall strains the fragile manmade underground, Monk must connect the clues before death strikes again. With characters as vivid as Dickens's, gripping courtroom scenes, breathless horrors beneath the earth, and a plot that twists and turns toward a stunning denouement, Dark Assassin is absolutely one of Anne Perry's best.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, c2006.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780345469298
Characteristics: 308 p. ; 24 cm.


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Jan 19, 2018

In his first days as Commander of the Thames River Police, Monk has a lot to learn. His detecting skills are useful, but the life of the river is very different from that of the rest of the city of London. One day he and a police boat are patrolling the river, when they notice a couple on a bridge ahead in intense conversation. Suddenly, the two go over the edge into the icy water. They're able to pull both out of the river, but both have drowned. The question is whether their drownings are accidental, suicide, or even murder. The upper class woman, Mary, had lost her father to suicide 2 months before; she had been engaged to the man, Toby, until recently. What appears complex enough gets even more so when Monk and his crew learn that the competitive company Toby's family owns is working hard to build new tunnels under London. Old streams and springs lack maps, but water shifting and different kinds of soil make this work highly dangerous. Mary's engineer father thought the big engines being used added to the danger of collapse. Toby's brother is convinced they're working safely. More technical information than in many of Perry's Monk books, which slows things down at the beginning, but the excitement level picks up dramatically.

Aug 31, 2016

As always a surprise ending. Leaves you hanging wanting to know what happens to everyone next

Nov 13, 2015

A good story. The ending was rather abrupt. I enjoy the characters in these Inspector Monk books.

Jun 28, 2015

Fairly typical of the series, with a good twist in the plot.

msrkb123yahoocom May 16, 2011

1st of monk yet to read

Jul 19, 2010

Captivating read, much like her other works, interesting character development, suspensful and hard to put down.

Jan 14, 2010

A William Monk and Hester mystery.


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