As her New York Times bestselling
novels always remind us, Anne Perry is a matchless guide to both the splendor
and the shame of the British Empire at the height of its influence. In her
twentieth William Monk mystery, she brings us to London’s grand Mayfair
mansions, where the arrogant masters of the Western world hold sway—and to the
teeming Thames waterfront, where one summer afternoon, Monk witnesses the
horrifying explosion of the pleasure boat Princess Mary, which
sends to their deaths nearly two hundred merrymakers.
The tragedy is no accident.
As commander of the River Police, Monk should handle the case, but the
investigation is turned over to the commissioner of the Metropolitan Police. An
Egyptian man is swiftly caught, tried, and sentenced to die. But almost as quickly,
Monk presents evidence that Habib Beshara, though a nasty piece of work, was
elsewhere at the time of the blast. The investigation, now in complete
disarray, is hastily turned over to Monk.
Is the crime connected with
the soon-to-be-opened Suez Canal, which will enormously benefit wealthy British
shipping companies? Or did all of those innocent people drown to ensure the
death of just one? How did the bomber board the ship, and how did he manage to
escape? Is he an anarchist or a madman?
Backed up by his astute wife,
Hester, and his old reliable friend Oliver Rathbone, Monk vows to find
answers—but instead finds himself treading the dangerous waters of
international intrigue, his questions politely turned aside by a formidable
array of the powerful and privileged. Events twist and turn like the Thames
itself, leading to the shattering moment when Monk realizes, perhaps too late,
that he is the next target. Download and start listening now!