On a patrol boat near Waterloo Bridge, police superintendent William Monk notices a young couple engaged in an intense discussion. Seconds later, the two plunge to their deaths in the icy waters of the Thames. Was it an accident, a suicide, or a murder? Ever the investigator, Monk learns that the woman, Mary Havilland, had planned to marry the fair-haired man who shared her fate. He also discovers that Mary's father had recently died in a supposed suicide. But Mary's friends share their own darks suspicions with Monk, who now faces the mysteries surrounding three deaths. Aided by his intrepid wife, Hester, Monk searches for answers. From luxurious drawing rooms where powerful men hatch their unscrupulous plots, to the sewers beneath the city where poor folk fight crippling poverty, Monk must connect the clues before death strikes again.
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by Anne Perry
"William Monk is a gifted London police investigator in Victorian England. He sees a young couple apparently quarreling on the Waterloo Bridge and watches as they plunge to their deaths in the river. His investigation takes him into the old and new sewers of London and to high society as he untangles a web of intrigue and corruption. The slow Victorian style of the novel works to advantage in audio. David Colacci is a capable reader and does an excellent job with the characters. Not only can listeners distinguish one from another, but because of Colacci's facility with accents, they can quickly tell one character's class from another's, an important aspect of the story. R.C.G. (c) AudioFile 2006, Portland, Maine"
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