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Blind Justice: A William Monk Novel Hardcover – Deckle Edge, August 27, 2013
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Anne Perry seems to be moving in a different direction in her writings by suddenly changing some of the characters. For instance, in the Monk series Anne Perry has careful developed Oliver Rathbone's character and how he built his career and made an excellent reputation for himself. He gets married after his reputation and career has been established and finds a woman who seems perfect for him. Anne Perry carefully developed the character of Margaret (from an upper class family) who was a volunteer at Hester's clinic. Then suddenly the woman changes, leaves Oliver, and (in this book) becomes vindictive. Oliver gets in trouble and loses everything, including his judgeship and his law practice. Why? Where is Anne Perry going with the character of Oliver Rathbone? There are no clues to let the reader know.
As other reviewers have pointed out, Anne Perry spends too much time sharing Oliver's thoughts. They were boring (because he keeps going over and over the same issues, not only in this book, but in the previous Monk books). It seems like Anne Perry has lost her inspiration (and fills in gaps with the boring thought processes of the characters) and isn't finding material to keep the Monk series attractive to the readers. Note to Anne Perry: I can help you there.Read more ›
Now, Oliver stands accused of perverting the course of justice. If he is convicted and sent to prison, he will endure terrible physical and emotional suffering. Monk, Hester, and their ward, Scuff, would like to spare Oliver this terrible fate. Monk, who was a private enquiry agent and is now the commander of the Thames River Police, does what he can to uncover facts that might put Rathbone's actions in a more favorable light.
One reason for the continuing popularity of this series is Perry's insight into the culture, social conditions, and atmosphere of Victorian London. The author focuses on the divide between rich and poor and also exposes the hypocrisy of those who purport to be respectable citizens while secretly engaging in corrupt and immoral behavior. Even if these scoundrels were to be exposed, some of them have enough power and influence to avoid retribution.
Monk and Hester continue to be a well-matched pair whose successful union is based on respect, affection, and honesty. The addition of Scuff to their family has enriched their lives immeasurably. Their happiness is in marked contrast to Rathbone's loneliness, guilt, and regret. He is at a crossroads, with his personal life in ruins and his legal career in jeopardy.Read more ›
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Ms. Perry weaves an enjoyable tale of mid eighteenth century England.. Her knowledge of jurisprudence seems incomplete and her detectives appear somewhat limited; but, one enjoys... Read morePublished 22 days ago by Stuart P.
The worst of Anne Perry's usually good books.
Earlier Monk series books are very good, latest not so good, this one was simply unreadable. Read more
One of the best books in this series. Absolutely impossible to put down. Not sure how the next story can top this one but I look forward to reading itPublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
I love the character of Hester. She puts the action into gear, but her lawyer friend Sir Oliver is the main interest, he and the Victorian legal system. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Night Reader
A very old century English author story; sort of like Arthur Conan Doyle style. Very little characterization. Read morePublished 3 months ago by CliffAnderson
Anne Perry always writes excellent books! She is the best!Published 3 months ago by Barbara T. Fasbinder
SPOILER ALERT: The first question I asked myself when starting this book. Is every single case from here on out going to involve those repellent photographs? Read morePublished 3 months ago by Laura E.