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3.00140928270042 out of 53.00140928270042 out of 53.00140928270042 out of 53.00140928270042 out of 53.00140928270042 out of 5 3.00 (1,185 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Anne Perry Narrator: David Colacci Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2014 ISBN: 9781490639505
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On a patrol boat near Waterloo Bridge, police superintendent William Monk notices a young couple engaged in an intense discussion. Seconds later, the two plunge to their deaths in the icy waters of the Thames. Was it an accident, a suicide, or a murder? 

Ever the investigator, Monk learns that the woman, Mary Havilland, had planned to marry the fair-haired man who shared her fate. He also discovers that Mary’s father had recently died in a supposed suicide. But Mary’s friends share their own dark suspicions with Monk, who now faces the mysteries surrounding three deaths. Aided by his intrepid wife, Hester, Monk searches for answers. From luxurious drawing rooms where powerful men hatch their unscrupulous plots, to the sewers beneath the city where poor folk fight crippling poverty, Monk must connect the clues before death strikes again.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Dark Assassin is brilliant…That rare blend of novel that’s a page-turning thriller yet literary—and, best of all, one that gives us lucky readers the chance to enjoy another adventure by our favorite Victorian police superintendent, William Monk. Dark Assassin continues Anne Perry’s peerless tradition of blending compelling plotting with superbly realized human emotion and exquisite period detail.”

    Jeffery Deaver, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Few mystery writers this side of Arthur Conan Doyle can evoke Victorian London with such relish for detail and mood.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “Perry is at her best when she writes about the class distinctions that defined and divided the class-conscious populace of the nineteenth century, and Colacci syncs perfectly with her as he slips easily from one colloquial accent to another, portraying the wide variety of city dwellers who made up the multitudes occupying London in 1864. Colacci’s performance succeeds nicely in bringing the streets and drawing rooms of Monk’s Victorian London to life.”

    Publishers Weekly

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dawn | 2/19/2014

    " Well written but moved a little slowly. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Susan Landsman | 2/13/2014

    " I found this one much longer-seeming than her others and rather tedious. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pat | 2/4/2014

    " Detective Monk goes into the London sewers to solve two murders. The description of building the sewers makes one really appreciate the efforts that went into creating them in 1865. Good book and educational along the way. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jamilah | 1/26/2014

    " I always like Anne Perry's books - historical mysteries. This is her Inspector Monk series; her characters are almost always interesting and believable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 1/24/2014

    " I've enjoyed all of Anne Perry's books, but as I have a particular interest in caves, tunnels, archaeology, and all things underground, this is definitely one of my favourites! I read 'Neverwhere' by Neil Gaiman recently, and this just coincided with it so well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa Rockenfield | 1/13/2014

    " moving to the River was a good new direction for Monk. I devoured it over the holidays and really really enjoyed it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sori | 1/4/2014

    " Meh. I think I liked it better when Monk and Hester fought all of the time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gkeller123 | 12/25/2013

    " Not my favorite, but I liked it and would recommend it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jan | 12/14/2013

    " Another great historical mystery by Anne Perry. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Douglas Cook | 11/26/2013

    " First sentence, "Waterloo bridge loomed in the distance as William Monk settled himself more comfortably in the bow of the police boat." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jen | 11/24/2013

    " She's one of my favorite mystery-writing authors. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Allison | 9/5/2013

    " I lost interest in this book. It didn't have enough to keep me going. Also I found I was missing a lot of back story, not having read any of the others in the series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Georgia | 5/27/2013

    " This book was not one you can just skim. Anne Perry is one of the finest Victorian writers I have found. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Frances | 4/18/2013

    " I have read 2 of her series from beginning to end. I like her style and the different setting for her stories. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mandy | 10/21/2012

    " Each book in this series is better than the last! But to really enjoy the books, you really need to read them in order. So much of Perry's talent lies in her ability to show a growth in her characters and their relationships with each other. Just wonderful! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anne | 10/12/2012

    " an entertaining airplane read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 alisonwonderland | 9/18/2012

    " You can read my thoughts here. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Courtney Milford | 8/19/2012

    " Couldn't get through it and I usually like Anne Perry. Boring. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janet | 6/20/2012

    " Good book. A total surprising & suspenceful ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ramona Thompson | 5/29/2012

    " I have read several of Anne Perry's books and have enjoyed them all until this one. Three stars because of the history of the "world beneath the city" in Victorian London. Too many references to Hester's nursing and Monk's amnesia. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carrie | 2/9/2012

    " Oooooh! Good Book! Especially evil villans and a sort of "League of Extrordinary Gentlemen" group of heros. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kellie | 10/22/2011

    " off to a good start... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathy England | 10/8/2011

    " I like the Monk series of Anne Perry. I put each book down hoping there is a next one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Catarina | 7/12/2011

    " This was a bit confusing but I loved the "family" between Monk, Hester and Scuff. They just melted my heart... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Valerie | 7/9/2011

    " Liked the shivery descriptions of dank, cold, dark wintry London, and it was interesting to find out more about the tunnels underneath London, but the suspense was bland. Monk and Hester were a bit wooden too; seems like you would have had to read the earlier novels to understand them here. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nick | 6/22/2011

    " An interesting tail in history, regarding London in the 1860's. It was a bit stop & go, though, and the end was rather anticlimactic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Douglas | 8/10/2010

    " First sentence, "Waterloo bridge loomed in the distance as William Monk settled himself more comfortably in the bow of the police boat." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue | 12/1/2009

    " This is my first Anne Perry Book. I enjoyed this quite a bit. I really liked the characters, Hester and Monk and the picture Perry paints of Victorian England. Not quite the story book scene. Definitely like Dickens might have seen it. Good story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandy | 11/4/2009

    " Set in the late 1800's if I remember right, in Victorian England. The tale follows the search for the truth about what is claimed to be a double suicide off a bridge. The fascinating details of life in England by the lower classes of society adds a great deal of interest to Perry's novel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Frances | 7/23/2009

    " I have read 2 of her series from beginning to end. I like her style and the different setting for her stories. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Valerie | 5/3/2009

    " Liked the shivery descriptions of dank, cold, dark wintry London, and it was interesting to find out more about the tunnels underneath London, but the suspense was bland. Monk and Hester were a bit wooden too; seems like you would have had to read the earlier novels to understand them here. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 3/21/2009

    " I've read lots of Anne Perry mysteries, her examples of strong (and curious) women in Victorian England, and especially enjoy this William Monk series. The first book is the series is The Face of a Stranger. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pam | 1/1/2009

    " I LOVED the first 5 books of this series. Reading this one meant I skipped to number 14 or 15. I missed so much in the middle that the characters have changed and I don't like them as well now. Catching up is difficult. It's hard to find these on tape or MP3. "

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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

David Colacci is an actor and director who has directed and performed in prominent theaters nationwide. His credits include roles from Shakespeare to Albee, as well as extensive work on new plays. As a narrator, he has recorded more than one hundred audiobooks, earned eight AudioFile Earphones Awards, and been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award. His narration of The Suspect was named one of AudioFile’s Best Audiobooks of 2007.