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The Silent Cry (William Monk Novels) Mass Market Paperback – July 29, 1998
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“The action careers between the low- and high-born in Victorian society. The denouement is shocking, and the characters are so richly drawn that you’ll miss them when they’re gone.”—Los Angeles Times
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Now, in sunless Water Lane, respected solicitor Leighton Duff lies dead, kicked and beaten to death. Beside him lies the barely living body of his son, Rhys. The police cannot fathom these brutal assaults until shrewd investigator William Monk uncovers a connection between them and a series of rapes and beatings of local prostitutes. Then, shockingly, it begins to appear that young Rhys may have killed his own father. . . .
- Publisher : Ivy Books (July 29, 1998)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 368 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0804117934
- ISBN-13 : 978-0804117937
- Item Weight : 7.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.19 x 0.92 x 6.88 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #391,472 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This is not one of the best of the Monk series, but for those who haven't yet found out about Perry or who love the Pitt series and want to explore more widely this is as good a place as possible to start. Fortunately one does not have to read them in chronological order although it is mildly useful.I bought it because it was cheap and god knows where the actual paperback is among the several thousand books that control my life.
Boring, and quite frankly, lazy writing. This is not the first time this author has defaulted to the perp being just plain evil or psychotic, but this book was too much. Some of her books have very interesting criminals, with complex, nuanced motivations that were believable, and some don't. This one strained my patience to the breaking point.
I find it strange that an author who devotes so much time and thought to engaging, multi-faceted protagonists and snappy, logical deductions writes half her books where the crime is committed because: evil. Meh.
I'll try again, hopefully the rest of the books have criminals who aren't absurdly one-dimensional.
I wish the ending had focused more on the perpetrators and their fate. Pretty edgy subject matter. I would not recommend it to everyone.
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I would definitely recommend this book and Anne Perry - wonderfully believable characters and storyline
Good plot with many twists and turns from the mistress of Victorian crime writing. Monk at his best showing some humility - unbelievable I know.
Discovered Perry by chance and now reading in order.
Onwards to Book 9.