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Blind Justice: A William Monk Novel Hardcover – Deckle Edge, August 27, 2013

4.3 out of 5 stars 256 customer reviews
Book 19 of 21 in the William Monk Series

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From Publishers Weekly

Set in Victorian England, bestseller Perry's entertaining, if flawed, 19th William Monk novel (after 2012's A Sunless Sea) poses a complicated moral question. The Thames River policeman's wife, Hester, can't help wanting to assist Josephine Raleigh, a nurse who works with her at a clinic for prostitutes and is in despair over her father's debt, since Hester's own father killed himself when he was unable to meet his financial obligations. Hester is disturbed to learn that the senior Raleigh's woes stem from being coerced into making donations he couldn't afford to a suburban London church, whose leader, Abel Taft, is charged with fraud. A new judge, Sir Oliver Rathbone, a friend of the Monk's, presides over the trial. The interesting ethical bind Rathbone finds himself facing could have been more sharply framed, and the resolution's tidiness will be a minus for some. Agent: Donald Maass, Donald Maas Literary Agency. (Aug. 27)

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In Perry’s Victorian history-mystery series starring William and Hester Monk (this is the nineteenth installment), the point of entry for the evil that the couple try to right is the clinic for sick and injured prostitutes that Hester runs. In previous novels, Perry has examined all sorts of Victorian social ills, many of which have their parallels today. She does this, very naturally, by having Hester encounter some poor woman who has been abused or exploited. This time, one of the clinic’s workers is upset because her father has been defrauded of his life’s savings by the charismatic minister of a Nonconformist church, whose mission is to help people in Africa, while soaking parishioners. William, now head of the Thames River Police, is able to construct evidence of fraud. This book moves rather too quickly to trial, but the focus on series character Oliver Rathbone’s handling of the trial as a judge is one of the storys best elements. Perry again delivers searing social criticism with well-drawn continuing characters. --Connie Fletcher

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Product Details

  • Series: William Monk (Book 19)
  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; First Edition edition (August 27, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345536703
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345536709
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 1.1 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (256 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #718,491 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Anne Perry cannot write fast enough for me. You can dish up William Monk or Tomas Pitt for breakfast to me every morning. Blind Justice was a brilliant read and I found myself breathless and disturbed that Sir Oliver Rathbone could actually allow himself to be caught up in the trial to the point that he would actually pass on information to the prosecuting counsel to use be used against the accused and then not recuse himself from the Bench. But it was warming to discover that he is human after all. A truly wonderful and exciting book down to the last page. I cannot wait for the next William Monk book.
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A well executed story set in Victorian England. Hester Monk discovers that one of her nurses is concerned at the amount of money her father has donated to charity, through his church. The pastor, Abel Taft preaches giving to charity in his sermons while his deputy Drew Robertson applies pressure to encourage the parishoners to give all they can to charity but unfortunately the charities do not seem to receive this money. When Abel Taft is charged in court, Sir Oliver Rathbone, the judge uses his position to influence the outcome of the court case, with disasterous results. I found this book absorbing and hard to put down. Another excellent Anne Perry story.
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I enjoy the Monk series very much (even though the last 3 or 4 books in the series have not been as enjoyable as the earlier books). Blind Justice is well written and has an interesting story regarding Oliver Rathbone buried in it. But for the most part, there was too much extraneous writing that did not move the story along nor was it interesting (for example the dinner party and Oliver's fascination with the judge's wife).

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.
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Hope springs eternal. Like many, I completely enjoyed the earlier Monk books and the Pitt series as well. I've not liked the last several but keep thinking THIS one will be different. It was-- it was worse. The entire first half of the book is taken up with a trial that has no point. The issue of whether the funds went where they were supposed to was only lighted on briefly--the rest was gossip and innuendo. No receipts, no verification no witnesses to what happened...just a great deal of rambling testimony about personalities--to little point. While not in court, we were subjected to several repetitive themes...Monk loves Hester, Scuff wants a family, Oliver chose poorly with Margaret and wonders if he and Hester could have made it. These same thoughts, and musings, and conversations are repeated over and over and over...The plot went no where, had no grounding and very little plausibility. By the end, I was nodding off--literally. What had been a series that kept me awake well into the night was now putting me to sleep.
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William Monk and his wife Hester have been battling injustice for years, often at great cost to their safety and peace of mind. In Anne Perry's latest Victorian mystery, "Blind Justice," Hester and Monk are determined to support and assist their close friend, Oliver Rathbone, who is under arrest and about to stand trial. If convicted, Rathbone could lose everything that he has worked so hard to achieve--wealth, position, and a reputation for integrity and brilliance.

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.
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