Dark Assassin

Dark Assassin

Book - 2006
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"A Thames River Police superintendent struggling to win the respect of his men, William Monk is on a patrol boat near Waterloo Bridge when he notices a young couple standing at the bridge railing, apparently engaged in an intense discussion. The woman waves her arms and places her hands on the man's shoulders. A caress or a push? The man grasps hold of her. To save her or to kill her? Seconds later, the pair plunge to their death in the icy waters. Monk can't help but wonder, was it an accident, a suicide, or a murder? It seems impossible to determine the truth, but haunted by the woman's somber beauty, he is impelled to try. Mary Havilland was her name, and she had planned to marry Toby Argyll, the fair-haired man who shared her fate. Mary's father, an engineer employed by the Argyll Company, had recently died--a suicide, according to the police and Mary's sister. But Mary's friends tell Monk that she suspected her father had been murdered because of his stubborn insistence that the Argyll Company's current project--the construction of a splendid new sewer system for the metropolis--was so badly flawed that it put the entire city in peril from flood and fire. Monk is now faced with the mysteries of the three deaths. Aided by his intrepid wife Hester, he starts looking for answers and is soon treading a slippery path that takes him from the luxurious drawing rooms where powerful men hatch their unscrupulous plots to a world beneath the city where poor folk fight starvation. In nightmarish tunnels, Monk and Hester find true friends, among them Scuff, a young mudlark; Sutton the ratcatcher; and Snoot, Sutton's clever terrier. For once, even Monk's old enemy, Superintendent Runcorn, is on his side. As rainfall strains the fragile manmade underground, Monk must connect the clues before death strikes again."--Publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, c2006.
Edition: 1st ed.
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ISBN: 9780345469298
0345469291
9780345469304
Call Number: PERRY
Characteristics: 308 p. ; 24 cm.
Subjects: Mystery fiction.
London (England) -- Social conditions -- 19th century -- Fiction.
Monk, Hester (Fictitious character) -- Fiction.
Police -- England -- London -- Fiction.
Monk, William (Fictitious character) -- Fiction.

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bdoc
Aug 31, 2016

As always a surprise ending. Leaves you hanging wanting to know what happens to everyone next

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readerpat
Nov 13, 2015

A good story. The ending was rather abrupt. I enjoy the characters in these Inspector Monk books.

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blueroo276
Jun 28, 2015

Fairly typical of the series, with a good twist in the plot.

msrkb123yahoocom May 16, 2011

1st of monk yet to read

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Rooster88
Jul 19, 2010

Captivating read, much like her other works, interesting character development, suspensful and hard to put down.

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22950009541673
Jan 14, 2010

A William Monk and Hester mystery.

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