Acceptable Loss

Acceptable Loss

Large Print - 2012
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It's 1864, and on the Thames' murky waters cruel and shameful deeds are being committed after dark... Monk and his wife Hester are caring for Scuff - a homeless boy, recovering from his ordeal at the hands of Jericho Phillips, the runner of a child prostitution ring. Although Scuff's abductor is dead, he believes that more children are suffering an even worse fate; the ring must still exist. Scuff's suffering prompts Monk to find the remaining children and, finally, uncover the men funding the operation. But when Monk's investigation challenges the reputations of respected gentlemen, his task is fraught with unseen dangers. Amidst blackmail, vice and corruption, Monk must follow the trail - and his conscience - wherever it leads, no matter how disturbing the truth may be.
Publisher: Leicester : Thorpe, 2012.
Edition: Large print ed.
ISBN: 9781444810134
1444810138
Characteristics: 440 p. (large print) ; 24 cm.

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DorisWaggoner
Dec 02, 2017

Somehow I skipped four before this one in the series; usually I'm very careful to read them in strict order. Not doing so meant I started out being quite confused at the beginning of this one. I caught up, however. Perry's as good as always in her depiction of the familiar characters, showing us new facets in each book. As usual, an ethical dilemma holds center stage, here, one which threatens many people, and especially the firm, if prickly, relationship between Monk and Rathbone. Sometimes I can guess the ending, but this time I was taken very much by surprise.

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westcoasty
Dec 10, 2016

I have long been an Anne Perry fan, but had not read her novels in some years. While I enjoyed renewing my acquaintance with old friends William and Hester Monk, I did find a few plot holes in the story. Nonetheless, this is one of the better fiction books I have read in recent months, and I will be taking more Perry books out for my reading pleasure in the near future. Perry's characterizations are excellent, and she always provides food for thought in the ethical dilemmas faced by her protagonists. She also provides a historical picture so vivid that it is hard to believe she did not experience it firsthand. A very satisfying read, in all.

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readerpat
Sep 28, 2015

An interesting story about child pornography, murder and loyalties with a surprise ending. I look forward to reading more of the Monk series now that I know the characters.

hgeng63 Jan 04, 2013

Nice to revisit familar characters, but Perry's written better bks--this isn't one of them.

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march1975
Nov 05, 2012

This was an example of a rambling illogical plot, poor writing and completely implausible detection procedures. It was the first Anne Perry book that I have read and it will certainly be the last.

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Feb 06, 2012

I have been away from reading the Monk series for awhile and found this latest novel quite enjoyable - like hooking up with long lost friends. This is a great series to follow!

(Staff) Elaine Bird Sep 30, 2011

Great read. Continuing the story of Monk, Hester, Scruff and Rathbone and the rest of the cast of characters. The sense of time and place is these novels is amazing.

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sykutney
Aug 29, 2011

A great read as usual from Anne Perry. I really enjoyed this continuing story of Monk, Charlotte and Rathbone. Anne really focuses on loyalty - and how our family ties can blur our ideas of what is right and what is wrong. very well done.

steelelady Aug 27, 2011

another excellent historical mystery from Anne Perry

debwalker Aug 03, 2011

Latest Victorian-era London murder mystery with policeman William Monk.

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