Slaves of Obsession
A William Monk Novel
By Anne Perry
(Ballantine Books, Paperback, 9780345514127, 352pp.)
Publication Date: June 28, 2011
Other Editions of This Title: Mass Market Paperback
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The year is 1861. The American Civil War has just begun, and London arms dealer Daniel Alberton is becoming a very wealthy man. His quiet dinner party seems remote indeed from the passions rending America. Yet investigator William Monk and his bride, Hester, sense growing tensions and barely concealed violence. For two of the guests are Americans, each vying to buy Alberton’s armaments. Soon Monk and Hester’s forebodings are fulfilled as one member of the party is brutally murdered and two others disappear— along with Alberton’s entire inventory of weapons. As Monk and Hester track the man they believe to be the murderer all the way to Washington, D.C., and the bloody battlefield at Manassas, Slaves of Obsession twists and turns like a powder-keg fuse and holds the reader breathless and spellbound.
Among Anne Perry’s other novels featuring investigator William Monk are Funeral in Blue, The Twisted Root, A Breach of Promise, The Silent Cry, and Weighed in the Balance. She also writes the popular novels featuring Thomas and Charlotte Pitt, including The Whitechapel Conspiracy, Half Moon Street, Bedford Square, Brunswick Gardens, Ashworth Hall, and Pentecost Alley. “Her grasp of Victorian character and conscience still astonishes,” said The Cleveland Plain Dealer about the author. Hundreds of thousands of readers in Europe and America agree. Anne Perry lives in Scotland.
Visit the author on the Web at www.anneperry.net.
From the Paperback edition.
“A rich tapestry of period details . . . Perry keeps up the suspense right to the end.”—Baltimore Sun
“When it comes to the Victorian murder mystery, no one can top [Anne] Perry. . . . This is one of her best.”—San Francisco Examiner
“Scenes are brilliantly etched . . . [Perry is] the most adroit sleight-of-hand practitioner since Agatha Christie.”—Chicago Sun-Times
“Meticulously constructed . . . Perry’s images of the carnage and confusion of battle are relentless in their intensity, unflinching in their truth-telling detail.”—The New York Times Book Review
“A welcome and entertaining read . . . Perry writes with a deft sense of history and place.”—The Cincinnati Post