Dark Tide Rising
by Perry, Anne

A ransom exchange gone violently wrong forces Commander William Monk to investigate the unthinkable possibility that one of his own men has betrayed him.

Anne Perry is the bestselling author of two acclaimed series set in Victorian England: the William Monk novels, including An Echo of Murder and Revenge in a Cold River, and the Charlotte and Thomas Pitt novels, including Murder on the Serpentine and Treachery at Lancaster Gate. She is also the author of Twenty-one Days, the start of a new series featuring Charlotte and Thomas Pitt’s son, Daniel, as well as a series of five World War I novels, sixteen holiday novels (most recently A Christmas Revelation), and a historical novel, The Sheen on the Silk, set in the Ottoman Empire. Anne Perry lives in Los Angeles.

A nightmarish atmosphere infuses the central crime scene in William Monk's twenty-fourth case, involving the kidnapping and rescue of Kate Exeter, which comes at an exorbitant cost. Monk gathers five of his best river policemen and, with Kate's husband, Harry, (and the ransom money) aboard, runs two river boats out to the derelict Jacob's Island community. They have been directed inside a ramshackle, stilted building that shifts at sunset, just as the tide begins to rise. Experienced readers will suspect something awful is about to occur, but they will never guess what. The unraveling of events is labyrinthine and shocking, the motive all too human. As always, Perry adds a psychological twist for readers to mull over; in this case, it's the lengths to which we go to hide our shameful secrets. Readers attracted to bleak, detailed Victorian mysteries might also look at Alex Grecian's Walter Day series, starting with The Yard? (2012), and the Silas Quinn series by Roger Morris, beginning with Summon up the Blood (2012), both of which are intelligent mysteries with tangled roots and startling crimes set in a darkly disturbing nineteenth-century Britain. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

Cmdr. William Monk, of the Thames River Police, agrees to join a distraught husband in the ransom exchange for his kidnapped wife only to find every conceivable thing going disastrously wrong in Perry's latest slice of Victorian skulduggery. When his wife, Kate, is lured away from her cousin Celia Darwin, who's joined her for lunch in Battersea Park, wealthy developer Harry Exeter is perfectly willing to pay the enormous sum her kidnappers demand even if it means exhausting his own resources and tapping into an inheritance Maurice Latham, another cousin, is holding in trust for Kate for another 18 months. Because the criminals have appointed dark, treacherous Jacob's Island as the place to trade their victim for the ransom, Exeter's attorney, Sir Oliver Rathbone, suggests that his old friend Monk accompany him, and Monk himself handpicks five members of the TRP to join them: officers Bathurst, Laker, Marbury, Walcott, and Hooper, his second-in-command. Upon their arrival at J acob's Island, the party is ambushed by a crew that makes off with the money, leaving behind the brutally slashed corpse of Kate Exeter. Since their assailants clearly knew in advance the precise movements of Monk and his team, Monk (An Echo of Murder, 2017, etc.) is forced to concede that one of his own men may have betrayed him. As he struggles to fix the guilt on one of them (bantam street fighter Walcott? Bathurst, whose family is eternally in financial straits? Hooper, whom he'd trusted more than once with his life?), two other murders follow, and John Hooper complicates matters even further by falling in love with Celia Darwin—an apparent tangent that will play a crucial role in precipitating the courtroom climax. One of the most successful of prolific Perry's recent Victorian melodramas. The opening chapters are appropriately portentous, the mystification is authentic, and if the final surprise isn't exactly a shock, it's so well-prepared that even readers who d o n't gasp will nod in satisfaction. Copyright Kirkus 2018 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.

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