Sunday, April 18, 2010

A Sudden, Fearful Death, by Anne Perry

(pb; 1993: fourth book in the William Monk series)

From the back cover:

"In a London hospital, Prudence Barrymore, a talented nurse who had once been one of Florence Nightingale's angels of mercy in the Crimean War, meets sudden death by strangulation. Private inquiry agent William Monk is engaged to investigate this horrific crime -- which intuition tells him was no random stroke of violence by a madman.

"Greatly helped by his unconventional friend Hester Latterly, another of Miss Nightingale's nurses, and barrister Oliver Rathbone, Monk assembles the portrait of a remarkable woman. Yet he also discerns the shadow of a tragic evil that darkens every level of society, and a frightening glimmer of his own eclipsed past."


Perry abandons the slow-build of Defend And Betray for a quicker, more immediately upsetting pace and plot this time out.

The result is a gripping, "waiting for the other shoe to drop" read, with a somber, novel- and character-centric denoument.

Another excellent offering from Perry. Check it out.

Followed by The Sins Of The Wolf.

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