Master of mystery and historical intrigue Anne Perry once again transports readers to the banks of the Thames in Victorian London for her thrilling new William Monk novel. In Revenge in a Cold River, Monk faces his darkest hour ever as he spars with a quarry hell-bent on vengeance.
When Commander Monk of the Thames River Police is called to investigate the drowning of an escaped prisoner, he's forced to contend with customs officer McNab, who clearly bears a bitter grudge against him. But the reason is a mystery in itself. Monk's memory loss -- a secret he guards closely -- leaves him vulnerable to repercussions from his missing past, especially his exploits overseas in the tumultuous Gold Rush days of San Francisco. And now McNab, as icy and unfathomable as the steel-gray Thames itself, appears intent on using whatever damning facts he can find to his advantage to ruin Monk's future as an officer of the law.
As Monk explores the possibility of a conspiracy, McNab's game of cat and mouse escalates, with veiled threats and cryptic insinuations. Snared in an unforeseen trap, a desperate Monk must turn to his wife, Hester, and friend and attorney Oliver Rathbone for help, as his life literally hangs in the balance.
With razor-edged suspense and shocking twists and turns, Revenge in a Cold River is Anne Perry at her most intense -- and most satisfying.
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If I could I'd give this one 10 stars! Ms. Perry has outdone herself in this one. Not only do we and William Monk find out a lot about Monk's early life, but we visit all sorts of very interesting places. There is lots of reference to the 1849 San Francisco goldfish, and it was just like being there with Ms. Perry's wonderfuld descriptions. And there is a wonderful sea story with Monk and a friend battling a stormy sea to rescue a woman in distress. Threre is a wonderful courtroom scene as always, and we got a chance to see Monk at his most vulnerable and we see how he handles it while his life is hanging in the balance. There are so many twists and turns in this plot, that it was difficult to figure out the killers, both present-day and past. But that's Ms. Perry at her best - cracking dialogue, beautiful descriptions and non-stop suspense. This book could be enjoyed on it's own purely for the mystery, but it's so much better when you know Monk and Hester's backstories. Highly recommended.