A Sunless Sea
A Sunless Sea
By Anne Perry
Ballantine Books, Paperback, 9780345510655, 385pp.
Publication Date: August 27, 2013
As commander of the River Police, Monk is accustomed to violent death, but the mutilated female body found on Limehouse Pier one chilly December morning moves him with horror and pity. The victim's name is Zenia Gadney. Her waterfront neighbors can tell him little only that the same unknown gentleman had visited her once a month for many years. She must be a prostitute, but described as quiet and kempt she doesn t appear to be a fallen woman.
What sinister secrets could have made poor Zenia worth killing? And why does the government keep interfering in Monk's investigation?
While the public cries out for blood, Monk, his spirited wife, Hester, and their brilliant barrister friend, Oliver Rathbone, search for answers. From dank waterfront alleys to London's fabulously wealthy West End, the three trail an ice-blooded murderer toward the unbelievable, possibly unprovable truth and ultimately engage their adversaries in an electric courtroom duel. But unless they can work a miracle, a monumental evil will go unpunished and an innocent person will hang.
Anne Perry has never worn her literary colors with greater distinction than in "A Sunless Sea, " a heart-pounding novel of intrigue and suspense in which Monk is driven to make the hardest decision of his life.
Includes an excerpt from Anne Perry's next William Monk novel, "Blind Justice"
Praise for "A Sunless Sea"
Anne Perry's Victorian mysteries are marvels. "The New York Times Book Review"
Unexpected twists and revelations keep the plot humming with typical Anne Perry deception and wit. Bookreporter
Much more than a whodunit, this book is] possibly the author's best yet. " Publishers Weekly "(starred review)
PRAISE FOR ANNE PERRY AND HER WILLIAM MONK NOVELS
A Sunless Sea
“Anne Perry’s Victorian mysteries are marvels.”—The New York Times Book Review
“Masterful storytelling and moving dialogue . . . [the] best in the series to date.”—The Star-Ledger
“[An] engrossing page-turner . . . There’s no one better at using words to paint a scene and then fill it with sounds and smells than Anne Perry.”—The Boston Globe
“Brilliant . . . a page-turning thriller . . . blending compelling plotting with superbly realized human emotion and exquisite period detail.”—Jeffery Deaver, author of Edge
The Shifting Tide
“The mysterious and dangerous waterfront world of London’s ‘longest street,’ the Thames, comes to life.”—South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Death of a Stranger
“[A] tantalizing puzzle . . . At last, in Death of a Stranger, the secrets of Monk’s past are dramatically revealed.”—The New York Times Book Review