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William Monk Mystery Series, Book 19
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NATIONAL BESTSELLERFor a generation, Anne Perry's New York Times bestselling novels have invited readers to explore the brilliantly seductive heart of Victorian London, where great wealth and great...
NATIONAL BESTSELLERFor a generation, Anne Perry's New York Times bestselling novels have invited readers to explore the brilliantly seductive heart of Victorian London, where great wealth and great...
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  • NATIONAL BESTSELLER

    For a generation, Anne Perry's New York Times bestselling novels have invited readers to explore the brilliantly seductive heart of Victorian London, where great wealth and great evil live side by side, and great men sometimes make unfortunate choices.

    In Perry's stunning new novel, Hester Monk, the wife of William Monk, commander of the Thames River Police, questions the finances of a London church whose members' hard-earned charitable gifts appear to have ended up in the pocket of charismatic preacher Abel Taft, paying for his fine home and the stylish outfits of his wife and daughters.

    Taft is accused of extortion, and brilliant barrister Oliver Rathbone, newly appointed a judge, is chosen to preside over his trial. It seems clear that Taft is indeed guilty. However, at the last second, the defense produces a witness who completely undermines the charges. Then Rathbone makes a well-meaning but reckless move that could ruin his career, his reputation, and his life.

    Blind Justice presents a rich and lively panorama of London life, from the teeming Thames docks to the wealthy West End, while unfolding a magnificent courtroom drama. And while justice, law, and morality hang in the balance, Hester and Monk race to save their distinguished friend Rathbone from disgrace. The incomparable art of Anne Perry grips us fast until the final, unforgettable scene.

    Praise for Blind Justice

    "A staggering achievement . . . Perry's command of plot and prose shines."--Bookreporter

    "Ranks among the best [Anne] Perry has written. Her courtroom scenes have the realism of Scott Turow."--Huntington News

    "Gripping . . . Those who love Victorian England will relish Ms. Perry's presentation of period details. Her mastery of this time and place gives credence to the characters' moral and legal struggles."--New York Journal of Books

    Praise for Anne Perry and her Wiliam Monk novels

    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

    Dark Assassin

    "Brilliant . . . a page-turning thriller . . . blending compelling plotting with superbly realized human emotion and exquisite period detail."--Jeffery Deaver, author of Edge

    The Shifting Tide

    "The mysterious and dangerous waterfront world of London's 'longest street,' the Thames, comes to life."--South Florida Sun-Sentinel

    From the Hardcover edition.
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    Hester let the hansom cab pass, then crossed Portpool Lane and went in through the door to the clinic for sick and injured prostitutes.

    Ruby saw her and her scarred face lit up with welcome.

    "Is Miss Raleigh in?" Hester asked.

    Ruby's shoulders slumped. "Yes, ma'am, but she don't look right. I thought as she were 'andmade for the job, like, but this mornin' you'd'a thought she'd got left at the altar. All weepin' an' can't believe it, like."

    Hester was stunned. When she had hired Josephine a few weeks earlier, the girl had said she was not courting and had no intention of giving up nursing in any imaginable future.

    "Where is she? Do you know?" she asked.

    "We got someone in all beat up, blood everywhere. She'll be seein' to 'er," Ruby replied. "That were 'alf an hour ago, mind."

    "Thank you." Hester went through the far door and along the passageway, asking after Josephine each time she encountered someone. In the old pantry where they kept medical supplies she finally found her, moving between the shelves, counting and sorting. She was a pretty girl, perhaps too much character in her face to be conventionally beautiful. Now her cheeks were stained with tears, her eyes were blank, and her lips were pressed so tight the muscles were visible along her jaw and in her neck. It was clear that she did not even hear Hester come in.

    Hester closed the door to give them complete privacy before she spoke. As always, she was direct. Medicine, she had found, was not an art that allowed for much roundabout conversation.

    "What's wrong?" she asked gently.

    Startled, Josephine swung round to face Hester. She was blinking rapidly as the uncontrolled tears slid down her face.

    "I'm sorry. I'll . . . I'll be all right in a moment." She was clearly ashamed at being caught giving way to her distress, whatever it was.

    Hester put her hand ever so gently on Josephine's arm. "Something must be very wrong for you to be so upset by it. You've seen terrible wounds and nursed the dying. Something that hurts you so much isn't going to be dealt with in a few minutes. Tell me what it is."

    Josephine shook her head. "You can't help with this," she answered, her voice choking in her throat. "I . . . I need to work. Really . . ."

    Hester did not loosen her grip.

    "There's nothing that anyone can do," Josephine repeated, still attempting to pull away.

    Hester hesitated. Would it be intrusive if she insisted? She liked this young woman on a deep, instinctive level; she reminded Hester of herself, years ago. And Hester knew exactly the pain and loneliness one felt when starting out in the profession. She had felt the overwhelming sense of helplessness that comes when witnessing the realities of physical agony and death, the moment when things go beyond anyone's reach and all you can do is watch. All that, on top of the ordinary heartache of life and youth--it had been a difficult burden to bear when she was younger. Even now, at times.

    "Tell me anyway," she said gently.

    Josephine hesitated, and then straightened herself with an effort. She swallowed hard and fished for a handkerchief to blow her nose.

    Hester waited, leaving the door closed. No one else could come in without a key.

    "My mother died a long time ago," Josephine began. "My father and I have become very close." She took a deep breath and tried to keep her voice level, almost emotionless, as if she were recounting figures in a calculation, something with no personal weight. "He has been going to a Nonconformist church for just over a year now. He found many friends among the...

About the Author-
  • Anne Perry is the bestselling author of two acclaimed series set in Victorian England: the William Monk novels, including A Sunless Sea and Acceptable Loss, and the Charlotte and Thomas Pitt novels, including Midnight at Marble Arch and Dorchester Terrace. She is also the author of a series of five World War I novels, as well as ten holiday novels, including the upcoming A Christmas Candle, and a historical novel, The Sheen on the Silk, set in the Ottoman Empire. Anne Perry lives in Scotland.

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