An adversary Monk cannot remember threatens everything he holds dear - will he survive what is to come?
The queen of the Victorian mystery, New York Times bestseller Anne Perry returns with the twenty-second novel in the William Monk series Revenge in a Cold River. Perfect for fans of C. J. Sansom and Arthur Conan Doyle.
'The storytelling is dazzling, as it always is in a Perry novel' - New York Times
London, 1869: The body of a middle-aged man is found tangled in a mass of rope and wooden wreckage near the dockside of the River Thames.
Commander William Monk of the River Police is called when initial investigations reveal the man was shot in the back. When he learns that the man was a master forger who had just escaped prison, Monk's interest is immediately piqued. But as his investigations lead him ever deeper into the murky world of smuggling and forgery, Monk is forced to confront his own forgotten past.
The unsolicited interference of an old foe takes precedence as it becomes clear to Monk that a bitter enemy is back for revenge and has him in his sights. With his life and career in imminent danger, can Monk navigate his way to the truth before it is too late?
What readers are saying about Revenge in a Cold River:
'Perry's writing is very evocative of the time and I felt myself transported back to the 1800s'
'A gripping story revealing long held secrets, revenge and murder. A book that kept me sat on [the edge of] my chair, turning the pages determined to find out what happened next'
'Once again Anne Perry has enthralled me with her clever weaving of [this] story'
In bestseller Perry's workmanlike 22nd William Monk novel (after 2015's Corridors of the Night), the Victorian-era Thames River Police commander, who suffers from amnesia caused by a carriage accident years earlier, is baffled why a customs officer, McNab, bears him such enmity. The question is much more than academic, since Monk suspects McNab tipped off river pirates to a police operation and thereby caused the death of Monk's second-in-command. That history leads Monk to question McNab's motives in handing over a drowning case to him. The victim, Blount, was a master forger who escaped from custody while being interrogated by McNab's men. Blount was shot in the back, but the autopsy reveals that the wound was received post-mortem. Meanwhile, after yet another prisoner escapes from the custom officers, Monk fears for his life. The social commentary that informs the best of Perry's work is largely missing, an absence that is palpable given the unremarkable plot line.