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Dark Assassin (William Monk #15)

3.92 of 5 stars 3.92  ·  rating details  ·  1,716 ratings  ·  105 reviews
A superintendent in the Thames River Police, William Monk is on a patrol boat near Waterloo Bridge when he and his men notice a young couple standing at the bridge railing, apparently engaged in an intense discussion. The woman waves her arms and places her hands on the man’s shoulders. A caress or a push? He grasps hold of her. To save her or to kill her? Seconds later, t ...more
Hardcover, 281 pages
Published by Headline (first published November 1st 2005)
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Colleen
I don't know why I like her or why I read all her books. I've usually annoyed throughout the whole thing because of how emo her characters are. Every second of every day they are filled with haunting memories and personal insights for EVERYTHING. Basically it is: "And as she spread the marmalade on her toast, she was reminded of how cruel she was to her elderly uncle thirty years ago. Her failings were many and she resolved to be better in the future. She picked up the piece of toast and this br ...more
Surreysmum
I'm not quite sure why I prefer the William & Hester Monk tandem so decidedly over Perry's other Victorian married couple, the Pitts, but I do, although the thrill of the unresolved sexual tension is gone since William and Hester got married, of course. It looks now as if they are about to adopt a street urchin, if I read my signals right. Anyway, this Perry, as usual, flew as much or more on the Dickensian descriptive details as on the plot. In this case, the setting is the construction of ...more
Laura
For me, an absolutely rich reading experience! Each time I pick up one of the novels in this on-going series from Ms. Perry, it is like visiting old friends for me. I attribute that feeling to the mastery of this author in character development.

William and Hester Monk are the primary characters in these novels. Over the years, as you read these novels in the order that they were written, you experience the evolving relationship of William and Hester.
You experience each mystery through the eyes
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LJ
DARK ASSASSIN (Historical-Police Procedural-London-1863) – VG
Perry, Anne – 15th in series
Ballantine Books, 2006-US Hardcover – ISBN: 0345469291
First Sentence: Waterloo Bridge loomed in the distance as William Monk settles himself more comfortably in the bow of the police boat.
*** William Monk is now an Inspector with the Thames River police. London is building a new sewer system after The Great Stink of 1858. While on boat patrol, Monk and his men see a couple arguing and both go into the pollut
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Jamie
Another faintly ridiculous yet enjoyable entry in this Victorian mystery series. This one is set in the early 1860s during the construction of the famous London sewer system. Following the Great Stink of 1858 everyone agrees that the sewer is necessary, but the work is dangerous and has disturbed the "toshers" - those who make their living scavenging from the sewers.

In need of a steadier source of income, Monk has dropped his private practice and joined the Thames River Police. I was a little di
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Linda
Few writers since Dickens, with whom Anne Perry is frequently compared, can capture the aura of Victorian London as she does. Perry’s plots take her readers all over the city, from its seediest neighborhoods to its river to its hidden underground. She seamlessly weaves social and moral issues into her stories. She also sees to it, unlike most series writers, that her characters do not stagnate. In Dark Assassin, Monk is forced to confront the mutual dislike between him and former boss Runcorn, i ...more
Lyn
I have become an ardent Anne Perry fan. I love to listen to her stories on audio with my husband. Be warned however that her stories are intense.

This is one of Ms. Perry's William Monk stories. In this story Monk has given up private detecting since now he has a wife Hester to support. He is working on the Thames River police. I hadn't thought about London needing officers on boats to control river crime, but it is so.

As usual this is not merely a complicated mystery but is also the love story
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Rachel
This is my first Monk book, although it is the 15th in his series. He is a detective, now with the River police, who suffered amnesia at the beginning of the series. Now he is haunted by a past he cannot remember. Was he a good man or a ruthless man? Brave or cowardly? Could he fight with a cutlass? His wife, Hester, is independently drawn into the same mystery that Monk is trying to solve, but she also has a family tragedy in her past that she cannot overcome. The mystery is good (two suicides, ...more
Mary
William Monk is a Thames River Police superintendent on a patrol boat when he notices a young couple standing at a bridge railing, apparently engaged in an intense discussion. The woman waves her arms and places her hands on the man's shoulders. A caress or a push? The man grasps hold of her. To save her or to kill her? Seconds later, the pair plunge to their death in the icy waters. Monk can't help but wonder, was it an accident, a suicide, or a murder? It seems impossible to determine the trut ...more
Eric Wright
New to Anne Perry's Victorian mysteries, I was impressed with the atmosphere she generated as much as the characters. The characters, William Monk, A Thames River Police Superintendent, his nursing wife, the various characters in his station and all the underground workers and thugs who inhabit the vast underground system of sewers below London come to life.

The suicide of two people or their murder takes place against the backdrop of chilling fogs, frost and rain. One almost feels like shiverin
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Lewis Weinstein
Another solid mystery in Anne Perry's William and Hester Monk series. Monk has a new job on the Thames River Police. From his boat he observes a man and a woman fall together off a bridge into the freezing polluted river, where they die almost instantly. Is it an accident, suicide, or murder? The investigation leads to a huge daunting project to construct a sewer system under the streets of Victorian London, and thus to the fascinating array of characters who populate a bizarre and frightening u ...more
Carol Schultz
This is my second book by Anne Perry. I absolutely love her use of the English language and find her wording to be not only descriptive but quoteable. Compared to American authors her plots seem to move slower but it is because she spends much detail in developing the thoughts and motives behind the characters. This book is set in England in the 1850's when they were developing the sewer system after the city had developed cholera and typhoid. Sound boring? Not at all! It is historically accurat ...more
Martin
Although i have not yet read the Charlotte and Thomas Pitt series, I'm beginning to feel that this series is starting to overlap with it, which is a pity. The tension and dynamic Monk, Hester and Rathhone in the other novels added a level of suspense that played well with the mystery. The increasing domestication of the detective and the war nurse make this effort start to read like a romance novel. And that's not really my cup of tea.

Interesting data on the building of the sewers and what a eno
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Sean O'Reilly
I was intrigued by the back cover blurb when I saw this on the sale shelf at my local library. A murder mystery set in Victorian London - "That rare blend of novel that's a page turning thriller yet literary" - apparently.

It's definitely a page turning thriller and what is more it has a genuine surprise within pages of the end of the book. Without wanting to give too much away I enjoyed the feeling of having the rug pulled from under my feet just when I thought the author was winding the story d
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Cheryl
William Monk has returned to the London police force, now working with the river patrol. While on patrol Monk and his crew witnessed a couple fall from the Waterloo Bridge and drown. Was it a murder or was the young women trying to commit suicide and pulled the young man to his death as he tried to stop her? Monk discovers that the young woman was questioning her father’s supposed suicide. Her father, an engineer was employed by a company that was engaged in the construction of the London sewers ...more
Marts  (Thinker)
Well this was my first Anne Perry read and I'm thinking that I'll really look forward to reading some more of her work. I admire her Victorian historical style.

Well, In 'Dark Assassin', Mr William Monk, after witnessing a drowning, decides to investigate the death and finds himself entwined in a much larger crime involing the development of London's sewer system and the authorities overseeing such ... here, I'll leave the potential reader to discover the rest of the story.
Cheryl
Now a member of the Thames River police, William Monk and his river patrol watch as a young couple plunge to their deaths from a bridge. As the investigation proceeds, Monk finds that the deaths are related to the corruption involved in the construction of a vast sewer complex. Perry once again brings to life the era of Victorian England and the widening gulf between the rich and the poor.
Joy
I checked out a pile of Anne Perry...many I may or may not have read...I had read this but continues to the end...I love the pictures in my head ..no tv or movie can create my mind world...I dont like certain history periods...locations...but England, USA,Europe, Australia.during this period all please me..reincarnation doubt it.

Monk and Hester save Scuff ..
Kristen
William Monk, as captain of a river squad police, sees what appears to be a double suicide when two young people throw themselves off a bridge. As he delves into the deaths, he finds that more is to be uncovered and that the deaths may not have been intentional, but murder. With Hester by his side he races against the clock to find a mysterious assassin.
Lee
Loved learning about the complexities of the London serer system and how it could be utilized in a murder mystery as a very dynamic setting. Inspector Monk was at his finest acknoledging his human frialties and overcoming his fears with Hester seeking to prove that women are capable and intelligent creatures. A good read.
Sandy
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.
Sue
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.
Correen

I like the Monk series with its strong but vulnerable characters and descriptions of life in London during the late 19th century. This book provides a fascinating view of classes of Londoners that we do not often read about beyond Dickens. Monk and Hester separately enter the underground tunnels, filled with people conducting business, in criminal activity, and preparing for construction.

It is surprising that Perry does not include the lice and typhus. Cholera was a more highly reported of Lond
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Carly Thompson
Average historical mystery set in 1860s London and centering around the building of the London sewer system and the nefarious deeds of the engineering company responsible for the construction. This is the 15th book in the William Monk series and I have never read any of the previous books. Starting in the middle was not that difficult; there were references to past characters and Monk's unknown past (he suffered from amnesia and has been slowly learning about his previous life I gathered) and hi ...more
Laurie
I really liked this installment. It was well crafted, with intertwining storylines and it was overall faster paced than the last book. There were also some truly intense scenes, including the chase scene with the fat man and later the dark haired assassin.

I do sometimes wonder about monks art of detection, however. Sometimes he fails to ask what should be rather obvious questions.
Tracy
William and Hester Monk end up in the underground sewers and pipelines of London as they chase a murderer and learn about the dangers of digging for a new sewer system. There are those who almost never see the light of day, some by choice. Anne Perry's books are entertaining and educational.
Lbaker
In this series I enjoy the Hester side of the story more than Monk's side generally. This book is focussed much more on Monk than Hester, but that was just fine, it was a great read. The one part focused on Hester at a funeral service with a drunken woman was very funny.

Scuff - a young character from an earlier book is back, and brings a welcome softness to the couple.

The scenes underground were very vivid and claustrophobic.

It is a welcome change to have a mystery where everything does not go
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Courtney
Feb 08, 2011 Courtney rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Courtney by: Mom
I have read many of the Thomas Pitt series from Anne Perry, but this was my first from the William Monk series. This book probably would have been better appreciated if I had read the earlier William Monk books. There is a lot about the characters' pasts in this book that I wasn't able to appreciate. That being said, the past was brought up over and over again in a redundant way. Also, the mystery here seemed circular in nature and it seemed the characters didn't make any progress until the very ...more
Suzette Kunz
I put this on here just to represent the series, because I've read all of them. They are kind of formulaic mysteries, but I love the setting and the characters. The setting is England in about 1870. Inspector Monk wakes up in the very first book and has no memory of his former life...he's been in an accident and lost everything. I love the way Monk develops over the books, as he tries to figure out who he used to be and what he wants to become. I really like the dynamics he has with Hester, who ...more
Jeff J.
A solid entry in the William Monk series by Anne Perry. As always, the book provides insight into life during Victorian London, in this case particular attention is paid to the construction of the underground sewer network (and the lives lost in the process). I acknowledge that Monk and his wife have started to lapse into caricature, but that is to be expected 15 books into a series. There was a unique spin on the climatic trial that has become standard in this series, and a number of unexpected ...more
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Anne Perry (born Juliet Hulme) is a British historical novelist.

Juliet took the name "Anne Perry", the latter being her stepfather's surname. Her first novel, The Cater Street Hangman, was published under this name in 1979. Her works generally fall into one of several cate
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William Monk (1 - 10 of 21 books)
  • The Face of a Stranger (William Monk, #1)
  • A Dangerous Mourning (William Monk, #2)
  • Defend and Betray (William Monk, #3)
  • A Sudden, Fearful Death (William Monk, #4)
  • The Sins of the Wolf (William Monk, #5)
  • Cain His Brother (William Monk, #6)
  • Weighed in the Balance (William Monk, #7)
  • The Silent Cry (William Monk, #8)
  • A Breach of Promise (William Monk, #9)
  • The Twisted Root (William Monk, #10)
The Face of a Stranger (William Monk, #1) The Cater Street Hangman (Charlotte & Thomas Pitt, #1) Callander Square (Charlotte & Thomas Pitt, #2) A Dangerous Mourning (William Monk, #2) Paragon Walk (Charlotte & Thomas Pitt, #3)

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