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Execution Dock (William Monk #16)

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Listeners of Anne Perry’s bestselling William Monk novels feel as if they’ve experienced the many shades of Victorian London, from Belgravia to Limehouse, from drawing room to brothel. In Execution Dock, Perry’s first Monk novel in three years, we find ourselves on the bustling docks along the River Thames. Here the empire’s great merchant ships unload the treasures of the ...more
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Published March 24th 2009 by Brilliance Audio (first published January 1st 2009)
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LJ
First Sentence: The man balanced on the stern of the flat-bottomed lighter, his wild figure outlined against the glittering water of the Thames, hair whipped in the wind, face sharp, lips drawn back.

Commander Thomas Monk of the Thames River Police is accomplishes the job his predecessor started and captures Jericho Phillips for the murder of a young boy, Fig. Phillips is the owner of a floating brothel that specializes in torturing young boys and using them sex and pornographic photographs with
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Judy
Does Anne Perry have a life outside of writing? I find it remarkable how many books she publishes on a regular basis. At present she has at least four series going and this book is the 16th in the William Monk series. I like this series because of the portrait that the author paints of life in Victorian England with its strict class structure. This book features William Monk who is now the Superintendent of the Thames River Police and his wife Hester. Usually the books in this series end with a ...more
Susan
Execution Dock is 16th in the William Monk mystery series set in Victorian London. Monk is in charge of the Thames River Police, chosen by the previous Commander Durban. Monk is anxious to prove his mettle and honor Durban by bringing to justice Jericho Phillips, a vicious criminal who traps young boys and uses them for sadistic purposes to satisfy illegal perverted appetites of high-ranking customers. Durban had pursued Phillips many years without success. When Monk at last captures Phillips an ...more
Kim
I have read the entire Monk series, in order,and some books twice because they are so good. The character of William Monk is superb. Ms. Perry created a masterpiece when she wrote "Face of a Stranger," which is the first in this series. That said, I had difficulty reading this book until I got half way through. She is a wonderful writer & I love the characters, so I soldiered on, and it was worth it. The denouement was edge of seat exciting. Ms. Perry's Victorian series always has a moral or ...more
Leslie
Perry's excellent characters carry her latest effort. And effort it is. Either PL or Booklist commented a few books ago that the strain of producing two novels (or more) per year is beginning to tell on Perry, and that's the truth. Or perhaps she's simply bored with her Victorian series? The characters are well defiined as always and you can practically smell the fug of 19th century London, but the plot is repetitive and too often we're told what the characters are thinking rather than shown.

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Laura
I really liked much of this book. The subject matter around which this mystery centered made me a bit uncomfortable and for those few folks that may read this review and are sensitive to decidedly adult material (this one deals with child pornography)I wish to warn you that AP deals quite frankly with the unpleasant aspects of this subject.

That said, let me now focus on what I liked about this mystery. First off, AP is one of the best I have ever read at creating characters with depth to them. T
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June Ahern
I have read many of Anne Perry's novels and on the whole, enjoyed them. "Execution Dock" is one of the best in a while, I must say. It moves into "polite society" and exposes more of the falseness within the well-do and their belief they are untouchable.

It is a continuation of the Detective William Monk and his wife Hester. In the mid-1800's in England a woman is deemed an object or social needs rather than a person of true intellectual or creative value. Hester continues to attract attention t
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Kathleen
This, the latest in Anne Perry's Monk series, involves Monk's attempt to bring a child pornographer and worse to justice. He is thwarted at first by the criminal's wealthy clients who hire a brilliant lawyer, and friend of Monk and his wife, Hester, Oliver Rathbone, to defend him. Rathbone points out every failure on the part of the River Police Department, which Monk commands, to provide an air-tight case against the pornographer, and is thus able to establish reasonable doubt and get the man a ...more
effie
....uhhh nearly nothing happened in this book. I see why Ms Perry is able to CHURN EM OUT (seriously, check out that 'also by this author' page, damnnnn gurl) because this could easily have been a few chapters in some larger book. also, the subject matter was juuust shocking enough to be like 'oooh, a ~daring~ take on ~shocking~ subject matter (admittedly, I had never seen 'gay victorian pedophiles on a boat' done before, nor did I think that was what this book was going to be about from the bac ...more
Pat C.
Not really a review but just a comment. I read (or skimmed) most of the reviews here and I'm surprised no one else was infuriated by Oliver Rathbone's defense of that scumball Jericho Phillips. I was angry with him(O.R.)through most of the book and only slightly mollified by the end. I still think the lofty reasons he gives about "everyone deserves a good defense" are shaky, at best. And then to humiliate two close friends by using information (that he only has because they are friends) to win t ...more
Anne Slater
A couple of weeks ago, I listened to Great Expectations on CD. All 16 hours of it.
Yesterday afternoon I finished the 21st century's Dickens', Anne Perry's Execution Dock.
She has all the fire and zeal that Dickens does, but holds a tighter rein on the verbiage. Whereas I REALLY wanted to excise paragraphs and paragraphs of the Dickens (boring and usually redundant), I was glued to Execution Dock from beginning to end. And believe me, when a book seems to be OVER about 1/4 of the way in, and you s
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Deirdre Good
Perfect read for an airport sojourn and flight without distractions! A wonderful story in which tensions between Hester and William Monk and their friend the accomplished lawyer Oliver Rathbone become apparent from the outset. Oliver has been brilliant in court but not wise and has exploited his knowledge of Hester and William to win a case by defending a notorious criminal Jericho Phillips. Will their friendship be sundered forever? How will Mary Rathbone, wife of Oliver, continue working in th ...more
Teresa
Love, love, love Anne Perry! One of my favorite authors! Excellent detail woven like a fine tapestry. Compelling mysteries that keep you guessing and on the edge of your seat. Images pop into my head like I'm watching a movie. In fact, I'm wondering why these haven't been made into movies? Maybe they have? Something I'll need to check. As I am reading this, I realize I've read it before. I've read many of Anne's books. Perhaps it is her own interesting background that makes her this master story ...more
Jamie
This was a good read, although it has a pretty nasty plot: Monk and Hester versus child pornographers in Victorian London. Monk is running the Thames River Police now, following up on a case left unsolved by his predecessor, tracking down a vicious man who runs an infamous child brothel on a riverboat.

Since the Monks have only recently taken in a boy from the streets, it’s rather easy to predict the final crisis of the novel which has the medley of characters rushing into action.
Patricia
I hate to say it but I feel that Ms. Perry is churning books out so fast that her writing is becoming a bit perfunctory. This one, the latest in the Monk series, could have been shortened considerably if the seemingly innumerable references to Hester's concern for Monk's sanity if his discoveries in the current case turn out badly were edited down. One good mention was enough. Also, the atmospheric descriptions of the river and surrounds seemed forced. Sigh.
Tammie
Excellent! A great addition to the series. Usually I can put Anne Perry's books down for a while because they are so detailed and I have to take a breather , but this one I just couldn't put down. I love the way Rathbone and Monk were pitted against each other. I couldn't wait to find out what would happen next. Now I can't wait to read the next book in the series so I can find out what happens in the aftermath of it all.
Elisabeth Montegna
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Jeff J.
If this isn't the best novel in the William Monk series it certainly ranks among the most exciting. Anne Perry has been downplaying the courtroom scenes in the most recent book, to their detriment in my view, but in this case the courtroom drama is up front and provides the motivation for the rest of the novel. At times the story turns very unpleasant, and there will be serious ramifications for the continuing characters in future novels, but it has certainly whetted my appetite for the next Mon ...more
Kayeb
i have enjoyed this series very much, but for some reason this time I found her additions a bit pompous........she has always added the thought process.....how the person is virtuous, thoughtful etc, but this time it came across as more preachy than usual. the plot is well thought out, I enjoy the development of the search and how it pulls people in, etc....but there was that "annoyance"

[close:] Readers of Anne Perry’s bestselling William Monk novels feel as if they’ve experienced the many shade
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Karen
I enjoy Anne Perry's Monk series but the last couple have left me with the impression that she's cranking them out just because she's expected to. This one started slowly, although that's not really unusual in this series, and moved along pretty well through the middle. The ending, however, was unsatisfying. Not with the resolution, mind you, but with the way it was presented. We get a brief glimpse into the personal life of one of the characters and a look at what happens when that character do ...more
Dorothy
I've waited a few years now for another entry in this series and when I learned that this one was coming out this spring, I pounced on it. It is a worthy successor to all the previous entries.

This one starts a bit differently. Monk is chasing a thoroughly despicable character, one who uses and abuses small boys for the entertainment of his clientele, the stodgy, upright Victorian "gentlemen" that Perry portrays so vividly. Monk catches his prey in the first chapter and he and his beloved Hester
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Stuart
This is the first Monk story of Anne Perry's that I have read, though I know it is actuallythe most recently published (2009). It was pretty good. The contrast with the Pitt stories, as far as I could see after one book, seemed to be that Monk delves much more into the lower classes than Pitt, who is often shown stuggling as a middle class man in an upper class crime pool. Monk's wife is also much more intersting than Pitt's, having a clinic to run, and having been in the Crimean War. A good sto ...more
Diane
I always consider it a good day when I come across a new Anne Perry novel. Execution Dock, a novel featuring the detective William Monk and his trusty sidekick, his wife Hester, seems to the latest of the Monk novels. Perry often uses social issues upon which to base her mysteries and this time, she has used the issue of child sexual exploitation and pornography. Even though we moderns like to think that those issues arose only in modern times, Perry shows that perversity has no boundaries when ...more
Joy
This is the last book in the William Monk series. It makes a good case,
as could my eldest daughter, for reading books in a series in order.
I found I was really curious about the relationship between Monk and
his wife, Monk's early life, Monk's involvement with the River Police.
I have checked out the first two books in the series, so I'll start at
the beginning. This book was good. I suppose that is characteristic
of good writing that books in a series can stand alone. I liked the
characters. The boo
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Graham Crawford
My Second Anne Perry novel - and I can spot the formula - but was still diverting reading. I can see I'll need to space this series out or it will spoil. I was somewhat annoyed with the courtroom drama which ignored describing the crucial problems with the evidence that the case was won on. Perry also seems to rush her book endings tying up multiple loose ends by the paragraph. Fortunately she writes better dialogue than most period detective series so I will return for more Monk after a break.
kaoyler
Mystery is my genre of choice and has been since I was little. I've read every mystery Anne Perry has written. She has a fascinating personal history and I love the detail she puts in her stories. This book is the latest in the Monk series. It begins with a chase to capture a man who exploits boys and has killed one of them. Monk thinks he has a slam dunk, but Sir Oliver Rathbone is the defense attorney. Monk, Hester, and Oliver are pitted against each other and their once close friendship hangs ...more
Elaine Chew
The first part of the book was so boring I really had to fight myself to just keep reading. It did pick up somewhat and I debated as to what rating to give it but 2 stars was all I could muster. I really get tired of Monk and Hester's constant recriminations of themselves and everyone else they come in to contact with. It's all so repetitive on everything they think. I've probably just read my fill in the series, but I know me I won't give up yet! Once I start a series I finish the series! Ug
Sophia
I have come to think of Anne Perry as the queen bar none of the Victorian Murder Mystery. This book was one that I could not put down because of the drama and emotions it evoked.

It starts off with a chase with Monk after his quarry, then Oliver engages in a court room drama, and then all of the regular series characters are drawn in to see justice done with a grand finale ending that leaves a few threads hanging for the next book (argh). This story tests intestinal fortitude to read about such a
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Catherine Gordon
This is the first "Monk" book I have read and it can be read as a stand alone. Compelling from the beginning, characters you care about, a reminder that the vulnerable of society have always been abused. Interesting historical novel, that explores the legal system and its flaws how blackmail can compromise and destroy. Easy read but with some complex themes that are thought provoking.
Rod
A good and evocative mystery. Preparing to hear Anne Perry when she comes for the Writers Conference, I appreciate her exploration of moral choices. Was a little repetitious in raising questions, and some of the characters fell a little too neatly into good/bad, but a solid story propels the reader along. Especially enjoyed the court scenes that started it all off.
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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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