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The Silent Cry (William Monk #8)

3.95 of 5 stars 3.95  ·  rating details  ·  2,073 ratings  ·  96 reviews
Deep in London’s dangerous slums, Victorians transact their most secret and shameful business. For a price, a man can procure whatever he wants. But for one such man, the price he pays is his life. In sunless Water Lane, respected solicitor Leighton Duff lies dead, kicked and beaten to death. Beside him is the barely living body of his son, Rhys. The police cannot fathom t ...more
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Published September 22nd 2010 by Ballantine Books (first published June 12th 1997)
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4.5 stars

Anne Perry has yet to disappoint. Multi-layered plots are woven deftly around and with a core cast of characters, and each novel is laden with fascinating and yet tiny details that make the setting incredibly vivid without the reader being overloaded. In this case, she highlights the the poverty of factory workers, especially those women working for a pittance who are sometimes forced to occasionally prostitute themselves to feed their children, and the living conditions they must suffe
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I remain absolutely spellbound by Anne Perry's ability to present an involved mystery story set in Victorian England while at the same time providing thought-provoking commentaries both on the social evils of that time (as well as on all times in general) and on the inequalities between the lives of the very wealthy and the lives of the very poor--and also, of course, to continue the evolving romance between the main characters. Granted, it's a rather slow romance; this is #8 in the Inspector Mo ...more
Rebecca Huston
Two people are found in the notorious St. Giles neighborhood of London. Leighton Duff is dead, but his young son Rhys is barely clinging onto life. In the Seven Dials, women workers are being raped and savagely beaten, and sweatshop owner Vida Hopgood hires William Monk to find out who has been abusing her workers. Hester Latterly is hired to nurse Rhys back to health. Rhys is the one who holds the clues, but he has been rendered mute by the horrific events he witnessed. This wasn't a book for t ...more
I'm really not sure how to rate this book. On the one hand, it was Anne Perry's usual brand of brilliant, engaging writing, but the story itself left me feeling conflicted. I'll get into that in a spoiler soon. One final non-spoilerish note: she sure does write about the seedy things... I can only take so much of that.

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SILENT CRY (Hist Mys/PP-William Monk-England- 1800s) - Ex
Perry, Anne - 8th in series

From Fantastic Fiction: Deep in London's filthy, dangerous slums, Victorians transacted their most secret and shameful business. For a price, a man could procure whatever he wanted, but it happened now and then that the price he paid was his life. Now, in sunless Water Lane, respected solicitor Leighton Duff lies dead, kicked and beaten to death. Beside him lies the barely living body of his son, Rhys. The police
P.D.R. Lindsay
Another winner from Anne Perry. This novel is one of the Monk and Hester series. It's a stunning read dealing with a case which involves both Monk and Hester. They come together because Monk's case of chasing down the nobs whose idea of fun is to beat up and rape the poor leads him to the house where Hester is nursing.

Perry always writes an onion plot - that is a plot with many layers and great depth. She understands people and the inner depths of good and evil within a human being. This shows
This is the first Anne Perry book I have read. The book was well written and easy to read.

I did feel, however, that the pace of the book was very, very slow for a mystery. A lot of the first 40-odd pages appear to be reminders of events in previous books, which I have not read and which did not add to the book. I did not feel that I had been transported to Victorian England at all - in fact the few references to events at the time (e.g. Belzoni's discoveries) felt somewhat clumsily entered.

I had
Laura Edwards
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Katie Bee
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This William Monk story is one of Anne Perry's best. It includes more detail in Monk's search for his past as well as continuing to delineate Hester's relationship with two key characters: Monk and Rathbone.

I have a couple of quibbles, however. 1) Perry includes details about an unexpected amount of blood at the crime scene but does not really explain its source nor how it contributes to solving the case. I assume that it is the clue that leads Hester to push her inquiries in a particular direc
Diane Challenor
I'd forgotten how good the William Monk series is. It's been at least a year since I read the last one. I've read them in order, and am now up to book eight. Can't put it down. The plot is intriguing. The time and place, that is, Britain after the Crimean War, is a placement within history I always enjoy. The pace suits me, not too fast, not too slow, not too edgy. An enjoyable mystery for the reader to unravel by turning the page.

Perry weaves together two stories of rape, murder, and mayhem while advancing the individual stories of her protagonists and carefully describing the geography of the activity. It is an interesting book but it used a plot line much like the last one I read. In her work, high-minded persons are often set up for a fall and underdogs are lifted, at least in reputation. With that bit of understanding, it was not difficult to determine the likely perpetrators. of course, it would not be a very intere
Another enjoyable Victorian mystery. Monk tries to track down a group of gentlemen who are viciously attacking prostitutes in one of London's worst slums. The ending is typically overwrought, but I continue to enjoy these characters and the setting.

Monk and Hester draw ever closer together.
"The Silent Cry" is good but not my favorite Anne Perry book from the Monk series. In this book, Monk is an "agent of inquiry" and is employed by a woman who, with her husband, runs a factory. The woman has some concerns about some of her factory workers being raped and asks Monk to find out who is doing it. The book starts with the murder and serious injury of a wealthy attorney and his son, respectively, in a London slum. John Evan is the police officer who attempts to solve the mystery of who ...more
Robin Miller
I am surprised that after I have read so many of her books that she brings something new to her characters and story. I am putting the next one onto my reading list.
Someone recommended Anne Perry's books to me and my only regret is that I didn't read them earlier. This is story set in Victorian London. Two men were badly beaten. The father was killed and the son was left was for dead. It was difficult to find the perpetrators as the victim was unable to speak due to the horror of the crime. Why were middle-upper class men doing in the slums of the city? In the mean time a private detective investigates violent rapes of amateur prostitutes in the seedier par ...more
I'm afraid I'm going to need to take a break from this series. The last two (which I read in close succession) have appealed to me less than the previous ones. There's still a strong sense of time/place (Victorian London) and a strong awareness of the class issues. But they seem to be covering the same ground and the mysteries themselves are not that interesting to me. There's lots of legwork (endless interviews) but too few clues presented to us. And in the end it is all too frequently Hester w ...more
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Alison Stuart
In recent years Anne Perry has soared to the best seller lists with her crime novels set in Victorian England. She writes two "series" detective novels, the first and more successful being the "Inspector Pitt" series and the second revolving around the darker more complex character of the policeman turned private investigator William Monk and the nurse Hester Latterley.

"The Silent Cry" is the eighth of the William Monk series and like many of her previous novels both in this series and the Pitt
Anne Hawn Smith
This is one of the best in this series. It is really hard to see where it is going until the end, but there is suspense all the way through it.

Two gentlemen lay bleeding in the seedier side of London, one dead and one dying. They are covered in blood but their injuries don't account for the amount of blood. The younger man lives, but is terribly injured and can no longer speak. His hands are shattered and he can't communicate with writing either. Hester Latterly is called to nurse the young man.
This is my first Anne Peery novel in the William Monk series. The fact that I began my introduction to Monk with the eighth book in the series in no way lessened my enjoyment of THE SILENT CRY.

The story begins in a cobbled alleyway on the seamier side of Victorian London with the discovery of the brutally beaten bodies of two gentlemen. It is discovered that the victims are father and son, Leighton and Rhys Duff. With the father dead and the son barely clinging to life the question is what were
Ken Bickley
Anne Perry's Victorian mysteries expose the hypocrisy and brutality of that era in London. None (so far) does this more than The Silent Cry. Yet, despite the ugliness of the story, you find yourself identifying with some of the characters - to the extent that you literally "can't put it down" (will William Monk ever regain his memory?). Her writing and characterizations are superb. If you are a mystery-reader, and the brutality doesn't drive you away, you will enjoy this book.
Shonda Cornell
I thoroughly enjoy Anne Perry's stories, she is an excellent writer in all the ways an author should be! It's been quite a few years since I have read any of her books and I am so glad to have "re-discovered" her. This story in particular was one of my favorites. If you enjoy mysteries back in the Victorian times, good morals where the "bad guy" gets what he deserves and strong characters wif 'eavy accents then you will enjoy Anne Perry's tales. I am going to start buying her books to add to my ...more
Deep in London’s dangerous slums, Victorians transact their most secret and shameful business. For a price, a man can procure whatever he wants. But for one such man, the price he pays is his life. In sunless Water Lane, respected solicitor Leighton Duff lies dead, kicked and beaten to death. Beside him is the barely living body of his son, Rhys. The police cannot fathom these brutal assaults until shrewd investigator William Monk, aided by nurse-turned-sleuth Hester Latterly, uncovers a connect ...more
Sent to me to release at one of our Charleston official BookCrossing Zone shelves,but realized I'd never read it. Slipped back pretty easily into Anne Perry's depiction of Victorian England, this one taking place after Monk went into private detection and Hester into private nursing, but before they figured out that all their squabbling and intense emotions meant they loved each other. I had Rhys's injuries pegged to one of 3 things, so wasn't surprised to learn via the twist at the end what rea ...more
A father and son beaten to death in a shockingly unsavory part of the cityand worse to come, it seems as if the so killed the father befor being beaten to death himself. When Monk takes on the case for the grieving family, he is unhappy to do so and his hunch appears to have beeen right, when he discovers a series of beatings and then outright murder among the factory women who . . . but that would be telling. The mystery gives itself out, bit by bit, a very little bit at the time. The denoument ...more
Debbie Maskus
This is an interesting story about a father and a son that visit the shady side of London. The father is beaten to death and the son is beaten and left with emotional and physical wounds. During the period that the two men were beaten, 3 men have been beating part-time prostitutes. I had never heard about these part-time prostitutes. These are married women who have a regular day job, but due to the low wages, attempt to earn extra money to feed children. These married women would transact a lit ...more
Wesley B Cannell
An intense mystery thriller

I have now read almost a dozen of the William Monk stories and I can't get enough of them. This was fast paced and had the expected surprise at the end. A worthy read. !-W
Perry turns the tables in this shocking mystery. Usually she explores the restrictions and humiliations endured by Victiorian women. This time Monk and Hester are investigating a crime committed against a young man, a crime so humiliating that the vicitim refuses to speak afterwards.

Monk also uncovers more of his past as he investigates this crime and others that occurred in the dark underworld of London, the slums of St. Giles and Seven Dials. Shady people who he doesn't recognize call him by
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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 categories of genre fiction, including historical murder mysteries and detective fiction. Many of them feature a number of recurrin
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