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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 ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
ALL OF ANNE PERRY'S MONK SERIES IS EXCELLENT, BUT THIS WAS EXCELLENT, HARD TO STOP READING , BUT ALL OF HER BOOK'S INCLUDING CHARLOTTE AND PITT, EXCELLENT READINGPublished 18 days ago by Amazon Customer
I have liked other books by Anne Perry, and I find William Monk and Hester and Scuff attractive characters, especially Hester. Read morePublished 1 month ago by pangur
I guess I read too many Anne Perry novels all in the same time period and became quite jaded when I read this one. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Linda Lee Graimm
As usual, Anne Perry is a master at suspense, well-developed (and well-loved) characters and proper English history. She is top notch and hard to beat. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Karl
I always enjoy Perry's books but this one seem to drag at times.Published 3 months ago by M Carol Samulski
For readers who have followed William, Hester and Oliver all these years (and Thomas and Charlotte too) this is a great story. Read morePublished 3 months ago by NonnaDonna
Anne Perry is brilliant. This book, like all the ones that led to it, is thoroughly wonderful! I could go on and on. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Donna M
Well plotted, believable, but a bit out of character for the barrister.Published 4 months ago by strider97116