The Silent Cry

The Silent Cry

eBook - 1997
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In Victorian London, PI William Monk investigates a new game in town, the raping and beating of prostitutes by rich men. The probe leads him to the murder of a solicitor.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine, ©1997.
ISBN: 9780307767813
Characteristics: 1 online resource (299 pages)


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Apr 04, 2020

Anne Perry's writing sets a high standard for descriptions of characters interaction which is one of the main pleasures of reading her works. At the same time, she deals smoothly and informatively concerning her Victorian era setting, another reason to continue to read the series more in the light of a historic novel rather than a detective series. One of the traits of the books is that the title character, William Monk, has many interactions but rarely does the author bring out his broader personal values into the discussions. He's there through the story line but it's hard to grasp in his turmoil of thoughts who he is and perhaps that the writer's intention.

Nov 13, 2017

As with all Perry's William Monk novels, this one has a point to make about the morals of the class structure of early Victorian England. Part of the interest applies to today's culture as well. As usual, Monk, nurse Hester, and solicitor Sir Oliver work together. Monk comes upon two dead men in a dark alley in a London slum, one of whom turns out to be barely breathing. Hester is hired to care for the young man when he returns home from the hospital, unable to speak or communicate except by nodding. Clearly he is tortured by his experience, but what happened? He is charged with murdering the older man, and the investigation is both fascinating and much more difficult than usual. Monk also learns a great deal about his life before the accident, and comes to the beginnings of peace about it. This seems to be a turning point in the series.


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