The Silent Cry: A William Monk Novel
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The Silent Cry: A William Monk Novel (William Monk #8)

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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
ebook, 368 pages
Published September 22nd 2010 by Ballantine Books (first published October 7th 1997)
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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...more
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...more
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.
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.
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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...more
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....more
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...more
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.
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
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...more
Yet another in the great mystery series. In this one, I did suspect one of the characters that ended up involved in the murder.
While the writing was as wonderful as always, and the picture she paints of Victorian London is vivid, I tire of the wretched and vile behavior of the antogonists (villians) in her stories. By the time the "twist" came in this one I was 1)not very surprised and 2) I thought, "yes, I get it men in Victorian London were all hideous mysogonistic pillaging raping beasts." It may be a while before I read the next one in the series because they are beginning to exhaust me emotionally which makes them...more
Carol Nicolas
This is my first time to read one of Anne Perry's mysteries, and I was very impressed with her story. Her characters were deep and believable, and I ended up caring about them very much. The story is told from the point of view of different characters, including the detective William Monk and Hester Latterly, an inquisitive nurse. The story takes many twists and turns through the dangerous world of Victorian London, where the shocking facts of a murder and assault are slowly uncovered, and a man...more
The sections of Victorian London- the by ways of the slums and the societal sensibilities- all of that period immersion in its dirt and coal smog- that is excellent in this who dun it.

Somehow I don't find the characters themselves very compelling in the Monk- as I do in the Pitt series. But if you don't mind period piece sensibilities and flowery posturing language, dialect ( a ton of it in this one), and quite a bit of redundant tracking of feelings- the whole is a mystery that will keep you gu...more
jill crotty
Anne Perry is riveting!!!
Excellent. one of her best.
Ana Luisa
I'm so glad that FINALLY I discovered the murderer priorly than William and Hester!
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As usual, this was a hard-to-put-down book. The next in the William Monk series. Perry has yet again take a very difficult legal situation and horrific acts of violence and woven it into a gripping story. I thought I might be bored with so many books involving the same characters; Hester latterly , Oliver Rathbone, Evan , Monk, Rancorn.... But I find myself enjoying their developing relationships (or lack thereof) as Perry moves thru each novel.
Her writing is a bit repetitive (especially when reading the series back to back), but her plots are generally well-crafted and I enjoy her main characters.
Nov 14, 2009 Donna rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Victorian mysteries
I appreciated this book because the author gave us a new revelation about Monk's past. That's one of the joys of reading mystery series -- I enjoy seeing the slow but sure character development. The mystery itself is at once horrible, but laid out in such a way as the clues sit pretty close to the surface. I was half way to the answer before Monk, Rathbone, and Hester figured it out.
I would rate this book as good, perhaps better if one has read other novels in which these characters appear. It gets off to a slow start, but the characters become more interesting as the story evolves. Although I suspected a portion of the outcome, there were a number of interesting twists along the way. But what was the unusual smell the women remembered??
As a fan of Perry's Monk series, I have been reading them in order. I think that is why I appreciated this book so much. The Silent Cry is the 8th in the series and is my favorite so far. To watch the characters evolve in their relationships with each other and their internal struggles is what makes this series so spellbinding and believable.
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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...more
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