Corridors of the Night

Corridors of the Night

A William Monk Novel

Book - 2015
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Anne Perry, that incomparable novelist of life in Victorian England, has once again surpassed herself, with this twenty-first installment of her New York Times bestselling William Monk series. In Corridors of the Night, nurse Hester Monk and her husband, William, commander of the Thames River Police, do desperate battle with two obsessed scientists who in the name of healing have turned to homicide.
 
The monomaniacal Rand brothers--Magnus, a cunning doctor, and Hamilton, a genius chemist--are ruthless in their pursuit of a cure for what was then known as the fatal "white-blood disease." In London's Royal Naval Hospital annex, Hester is tending one of the brothers' dying patients--wealthy Bryson Radnor--when she stumbles upon three weak, terrified young children, and learns to her horror that they've been secretly purchased and imprisoned by the Rands for experimental purposes.
 
But the Rand brothers are too close to a miracle cure to allow their experiments to be exposed. Before Hester can reveal the truth, she too becomes a prisoner. As Monk and his faithful friends--distinguished lawyer Oliver Rathbone and reformed brothel keeper Squeaky Robinson among them--scour London's grimy streets and the beautiful English countryside searching for her, Hester's time, as well as the children's, is quickly draining away.
 
Taut with intrigue and laced with white-knuckled terror, Corridors of the Night is Anne Perry at her magnificent, unforgettable best.
 
Praise for Corridors of the Night
 
"[A] suspenseful, twisting narrative." -- Historical Novels Review
 
"Anne Perry has once again evocatively and meticulously conjured up Victorian London. . . . This is one of her best as she continues probing . . . the dark impulses that haunt all human souls." -- Providence Journal
           
"Pulls no punches and depicts Victorian London in all its corrupt glory." -- Bookreporter

Praise for Anne Perry and Her William Monk novels
 
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
 
Execution Dock
 
"[An] engrossing page-turner . . . There's no one better at using words to paint a scene and then fill it with sounds and smells than Anne Perry." -- The Boston Globe
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, [2015]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780553391381
0553391380
9780553391398
Characteristics: 271 pages ; 25 cm

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ALW7033
Sep 04, 2017

Anne Perry is one of my favorite authors. I have read almost everything she has only disappointed me once.

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21221018293347
Dec 27, 2015

I agree with Granola72; a bit more background into blood transfusion experiments of the era would have been helpful. Another great story which mostly focuses on Hester. A great read.

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readerpat
Dec 06, 2015

I think this was one of Anne Parry's best books. Maybe because I used to be a nurse and am interested in medical things. Hester Monk is kidnapped and forced to help treat an obnoxious patient at the expense of three small children whose blood was taken for his treatment.

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granola72
Nov 05, 2015

I would have liked a bit of factual background on blood transfusion as an afterword. Did I miss it or was there no approximate date suggested in the story? I could look it up but Anne Perry usually does a good job in this regard. I'd like to have known because during WWI a Canadian pioneered the use of blood transfusions in the field that used stored blood.

(Staff) Elaine Bird Oct 26, 2015

Another great story about William Monk and Hester. This one is much more focused on Hester but all the usual suspects are involved. I found the medical plot very interesting. I didn't realized that Victorian medicine was as advanced as it was (although of course it was still pretty basic). Hester is a great character and I thoroughly enjoyed this addition to the series.

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abutman
Aug 13, 2015

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