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Download Acceptable Loss: A William Monk Novel #17 Audiobook (Unabridged)

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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (802 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Anne Perry Narrator: Ralph Lister Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2011 ISBN:
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When the body of a small-time crook named Mickey Parfitt washes up on the tide, no one grieves; far from it. But William Monk, commander of the River Police, is puzzled by the expensive silk cravat used to strangle Parfitt. How did this elegant scarf - whose original owner was obviously a man of substance - end up imbedded in the neck of a wharf rat who richly deserved his sordid end?

Dockside informers lead Monk to what may be a partial answer - a floating palace of corruption on the Thames managed by Parfitt, where a captive band of half-starved boys is forced to perform vile acts for men willing to pay a high price for midnight pleasures. Although Monk and his fearless wife, Hester, would prefer to pin a medal on Parfitt's killer, duty leads them in another direction - to an unresolved crime from the past, to blackmail and more murder, and to a deadly confrontation with some of the empire's most respected men.

To a superlative degree, Acceptable Loss provides colorful characters, a memorable portrait of waterfront life, and a story that achieves its most thrilling moments in a transfixed London courtroom, where Monk faces his old friend Oliver Rathbone in a trial of nearly unbearable tension - in sum, every delectable drop of the rich pleasure that readers expect from an Anne Perry novel.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Theresa | 1/17/2014

    " This continues to be one of my favorite mystery series. I like how Anne Perry takes on class and social issues of 19th-century England. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Courtney Milford | 1/14/2014

    " I sort of consider Anne Perry novels to be junk reads, but I have to admit that I already pre-ordered the next book from Amazon. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gerry | 1/14/2014

    " Love the Victorian mystery - & - Anne Perry is so good at them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Richard Stueber | 1/13/2014

    " #17 in the William Monk series. Takes place later in 1864 after #16 Execution Dock. Monk and his wife Hester with the help of their friends solve a murder which occurred in the River Thames. They also expose another child prostitution ring. Does not paint a pretty picture of the dark underbelly of London society. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeanne-Marie | 1/4/2014

    " Love Anne Perry's way of making you feel like you are in Victorian England. This my first William Monk and unfortunately, it made too many references to the prior book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Summers | 12/25/2013

    " A good story, though a sad subject. Normally, her storylines don't continue to the next book, but in this case it did, but it was still good. (Same main characters always.) Just like the way she writes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Catherine | 12/24/2013

    " I love Anne Perry! Have read everyone of her books except the First World War series. Acceptable Loss is a fine book and if you want a good victorian mystery, look no further than Anne Perry's series books! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diana O'brien | 12/23/2013

    " Enjoyed this book as I enjoy all of Anne Perry's books. Fun mystery and then learn more about victorian england! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Victoria | 12/12/2013

    " This was a 12 hr. audiobook I 'read' on a drive and it was interesting enough to keep me alert and engaged. Not the best mystery I've ever read, but I have not yet read Perrys Monk series at all and can now try it. It was interesting, but without some of the background on Monk, assumed a bit much. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Manda | 12/8/2013

    " Overall, this was a good solid entry in the William Monk series. My only quibble is the change in Margaret's character. She hardly seems like the same person. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mckinley | 9/24/2013

    " Follow-up to book immediately preceeding. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hapzydeco | 7/29/2013

    " Anne Perry knows her genre - the Victorian setting. But this novel did not seem to reach a standard that an Anne Perry reader has come to expect. Too much contemplation and not enough action. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ray Palen | 3/10/2013

    " Read my review this week on bookreporter.com "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Trudy | 1/28/2013

    " Oh my! I forgot how much I LOVE Anne Perry! I wish she would write a new book every 2 weeks! I have enjoyed her William Monk series termendously and this one did not fail to please. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Daniel | 12/5/2012

    " This was a very good book- one of the best in her series featuring William Monk. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tammie | 4/23/2012

    " Loved it! Another one I couldn't put down. I loved that this one was tied to Execution Dock in plot. I really grew to detest Margaret. I just wanted to slap her for saying the things she said to Hester! And I felt so sorry for poor Rathbone. He definitely deserves better. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeanette | 4/3/2012

    " This is one of my favorite series, William Monk series is a great read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Liz | 3/5/2012

    " This was one of the better Inspector Monk books in Perry's series. Well done. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 LaVerne Bonner | 1/6/2012

    " Anne Perry once again is up to her usual excellant story telling with Hester and Monk. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judy | 9/27/2011

    " The latest entry in the William Monk series by Anne Perry--I always look forward to the newest story and the update on the characters. If you are an Anne Perry fan, this is another good one! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 9/19/2011

    " Anne Perry is a fabulous storyteller. This one is a page-turner but quite dark. I certainly hope London wasn't quite that depraved as a society - if so, I am surprised anyone still lives there at all. All in all a great mystery in the Monk series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 9/15/2011

    " Not my favorite Anne Perry book. I think she needs to find a new word other than "horror" to use, can we PLEASE have Monk land a case that doesn't involve some sort of sexual depravity?!? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michaelbatte | 9/14/2011

    " It was not the typical Anne Perry book - easy to figure out and rather an unpleasant subject - not her best although she is one of my favorite authors and William Monk is one of my favorite characters
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About the Author
Author Anne Perry

Anne Perry is the New York Times bestselling author of a number of holiday novels, two acclaimed mystery series set in Victorian England, and a series set during World War I. She has also written several stand-alone novels and novellas, and her books have been finalists for the Agatha, Edgar, and Macavity awards. Born in London, she now lives in the Scottish highlands.

About the Narrator

Ralph Lister is an actor, voice actor, and award–winning narrator. He spent fifteen years in London theater before moving to the United States to focus on film and television. He has held numerous roles in Shakespearean and modern dramas, as well as starring roles in independent films. His voice and character work can be heard in Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl and 13 Going On 30.