If protecting the innocent means breaking the law, what is the right choice to make?
Inspector William Monk searches for the elusive truth in a controversial and dangerous case in Blind Justice, the nineteenth novel in Anne Perry's acclaimed series. Perfect for fans of C. J. Sansom and Arthur Conan Doyle.
'A staggering achievement... Perry's command of plot and prose shines' - Bookreporter
Oliver Rathbone, William Monk's close friend, has presided brilliantly over his first cases as a judge. But the next will bring a far greater challenge. Abel Taft, a charismatic minister adored by his congregation, stands accused of terrible corruption and fraud which has ruined the lives of those he's betrayed.
In court, each victim affirms Taft's guilt, but when the defence's star witness tears their stories apart, the case seems lost. Rathbone realises he holds, locked away, a piece of evidence that could change the outcome of the trial and bring true justice, but can he, as the judge, become involved? The decision Rathbone makes will draw Monk deep into a dangerous case that will shape the rest of both their lives...
Winner of the Killer Nashville Silver Falchion Award for Best Historical Novel 2014.
What readers are saying about Blind Justice:
'I have found Anne Perry to be one of the best writers I have read. Her books are very atmospheric and I feel that I am actually in Victorian London'
'A riveting mystery wrapped up in the dark and seedy side of Victorian London'
'Anne Perry is the best Victorian crime [writer] I have ever read'
Set in Victorian England, bestseller Perry's entertaining, if flawed, 19th William Monk novel (after 2012's A Sunless Sea) poses a complicated moral question. The Thames River policeman's wife, Hester, can't help wanting to assist Josephine Raleigh, a nurse who works with her at a clinic for prostitutes and is in despair over her father's debt, since Hester's own father killed himself when he was unable to meet his financial obligations. Hester is disturbed to learn that the senior Raleigh's woes stem from being coerced into making donations he couldn't afford to a suburban London church, whose leader, Abel Taft, is charged with fraud. A new judge, Sir Oliver Rathbone, a friend of the Monk's, presides over the trial. The interesting ethical bind Rathbone finds himself facing could have been more sharply framed, and the resolution's tidiness will be a minus for some.