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Acceptable Loss: A William Monk Novel Hardcover – Deckle Edge, Aug 9 2011


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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (Aug. 9 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345510607
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345510600
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 16.8 x 2.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 544 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #341,913 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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PRAISE FOR ANNE PERRY AND HER WILLIAM MONK NOVELS
 
Execution Dock
 
“[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
 
Dark Assassin
 
“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
 
Funeral in Blue
 
“No one writes more elegantly than Perry, nor better conjures up the rich and colorful tapestry of London in the Victorian era. But for all its arcane setting and stylistic eloquence, Funeral in Blue is an old-style private eye novel—and an extremely good one.”—The Plain Dealer

About the Author

Anne Perry is the bestselling author of two acclaimed series set in Victorian England: the William Monk novels, including Execution Dock and Dark Assassin, and the Charlotte and Thomas Pitt novels, including Treason at Lisson Grove and Buckingham Palace Gardens. She is also the author of a series of five World War I novels, as well as eight holiday novels, most recently A Christmas Odyssey, and a historical novel, The Sheen on the Silk, set in the Ottoman Empire. Anne Perry lives in Scotland.

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By L. J. Roberts TOP 500 REVIEWER on Jan. 7 2012
Format: Hardcover
First Sentence: Hester was half-asleep when she heard the slight sound, as if someone were taking in a sharp breath and ten letting out a soft, desperate gasp.

Inspector William Monk and his wife, Hester, are still trying to help young orphan Scuff overcome his horrific experience of being kidnapped for use on a ship owned by Jericho Phillips used to 'entertain' wealthy, corrupt men. No one much cares that Mickey Parfitt has been murdered, until the means of his death is discovered to be an expensive custom silk cravat belonging to a wealthy young man. In the investigation, they track Parfitt back to another such ship where 14 young boys are found held captive. Before his suicide, Lord Justice Sullivan, also involved in the previous case, had claimed wealthy barrister Arthur Ballinger, was the power and money behind the boat. A further complication is that the Monks' friend, barrister Oliver Rathbone, is married to Ballinger's daughter.

To say Anne Perry is a superb writer is anything but hyperbole. There is no one who better captures the Victorian period. From the homes of the wealthy, to the lowest, meanest parts of London, she creates a fully-realized world and time. Her detail is exacting; answering any question a reader might have as to its veracity. She doesn't paint the pretty picture, but the rough-edged, realistic view of the time.

Perry clearly illustrates the misconceptions and bias formed by people based only on social and economic differences. The subject of pedophilia and pornography is timeless and terrible. She raises strong moral and ethical issues, but never in a manner that is preachy or strident.
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By Freda Lowe on Jan. 24 2012
Format: Hardcover
I am a major fan of Anne Perry and, I believe read them all. In "Acceptable Loss", Perry is picking up speed with the action and, especially if you read 'Execution Dock",(which you have to read before reading this one) will appreciate the story line. Monk is as shrewd as ever, accepting help from wherever he can get it, albeit reluctantly from Scruff and Hester. Oliver Rathbone finds himself in a very uncomfortable situation with his in-laws due to the case that has haunted him for quite some time and Perry was able to smoothly turn our like to dislike for Oliver's new wife. Rathbone's hurt and suppressed anger toward his father-in-law has him torn between love and closure for this case so alive. I just couldn't put this down, I loved "Execution Dock" and this keeps up the pace and then some. I dread the day Ms. Perry lays down her pen (or turns off her computer).
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Somewhat lean in coherence and detail at times, yet still a good read. Not the best Anne Perry but still very good.
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