For a generation, Anne Perrys "New York Times" bestselling novels have invited readers to explore the brilliantly seductive heart of Victorian London, where great wealth and great evil live side by side, and great men sometimes make unfortunate choices.
In Perrys stunning new novel, Hester Monk, the wife of William Monk, commander of the Thames River Police, questions the finances of a London church whose members hard-earned charitable gifts appear to have ended up in the pocket of charismatic preacher Abel Taft, paying for his fine home and the stylish outfits of his wife and daughters.
Taft is accused of extortion, and brilliant barrister Oliver Rathbone, newly appointed a judge, is chosen to preside over his trial. It seems clear that Taft is indeed guilty. However, at the last second, the defense produces a witness who completely undermines the charges. Then Rathbone makes a well-meaning but reckless move that could ruin his career, his reputation, and his life.
"Blind Justice" presents a rich and lively panorama of London life, from the teeming Thames docks to the wealthy West End, and unfolds a magnificent courtroom drama in which Rathbone himself is in the dock, accused of blackmail. And while justice, law, and morality hang in the balance, Hester and Monk race to save their distinguished friend from disgrace and prison. The incomparable art of Anne Perry grips us fast until the final, unforgettable scene.
PRAISE FOR ANNE PERRY AND HER WILLIAM MONK NOVELS
A Sunless Sea
"Anne Perrys Victorian mysteries are marvels."--"The New York Times Book Review"
"Masterful storytelling and moving dialogue."--"The Star-Ledger"
" An] engrossing page-turner . . . Theres no one better at using words to paint a scene and then fill it with sounds and smells than Anne Perry."--"The Boston Globe"
"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 Londons longest street, the Thames, comes to life."--South Florida" Sun-Sentinel"