The Twisted Root
A William Monk Novel
By Anne Perry
(Ballantine Books, Paperback, 9780345514103, 352pp.)
Publication Date: March 22, 2011
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A young bridegroom enlists private investigator William Monk to track down his fiancée, Miriam Gardiner, who disappeared suddenly from a party at a luxurious Bayswater mansion. Monk soon finds the coach in which Miriam fled and, nearby, the murdered body of the coachman, but there is no trace of the young passenger. What strange compulsion could have driven the beautiful widow to abandon the prospect of a loving marriage and financial abundance? Monk and clever nurse Hester Latterly, themselves now newlyweds, desperately pursue the elusive truth—and an unknown killer whose malign brilliance they have scarcely begun to fathom.
Among Anne Perry's other novels featuring investigator William Monk are The Silent Cry, Cain His Brother, Defend and Betray, Weighed in the Balance, and most recently A Breach of Promise. She also writes the popular novels featuring Thomas and Charlotte Pitt, including Bedford Square, Pentecost Alley, Traitors Gate, The Hyde Park Headsman, Highgate Rise, and Ashworth Hall, which was a Main Selection of the Book-of-the-Month Club. "Her grasp of Victorian character and conscience still astonishes," said The Cleveland Plain Dealer about the author. Hundreds of thousands of readers agree. Anne Perry lives in Scotland.
“This is a story with twists and turns aplenty. The ending is the biggest twist of all.”—St. Louis Post-Dispatch
“When a law flies in the face of moral justice, can a person be condemned for defying it—even to the point of murder? Anne Perry argues the issue with uncommon eloquence.”—The New York Times Book Review
“No one is better known for portraying Victorian life and social mores.”—The Denver Post
“Perry carries the suspense right into the last few pages.”—The Christian Science Monitor
“Anne Perry is [a] master of crime fiction who rarely fails to deliver a strong story and a colorful cast of characters.”—Baltimore Sun