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Acceptable Loss (William Monk #17)

3.96  ·  Rating Details ·  2,406 Ratings  ·  307 Reviews
Anne Perry’s seventeenth William Monk novel, now in paperback, is a mesmerizing masterpiece of innocence and evil on London’s docks, a welcome addition to this successful and beloved series.
 
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On a London riverbank, when the body of small-time crook Mickey Parfitt washes up with the tide, no one grieves. But William Monk, commander of the River Police,
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Hardcover, Ballantine, 307 pages
Published 2011 by Random House
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Donna
Feb 04, 2012 Donna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I will skip the rehash of the plot. There are other reviews, if that is what you are looking for. I find that the more Monk books I read, the more I love them and look forward to the next one. I found following this one so closely after "Execution Dock" was an interesting literary hook. Enjoyed the twists that had me second-guessing myself all the way through.
Two points kind of spoiled it a little. One is Margaret and her behavior. She was brought into the series as the society woman who was
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Dorothy
Aug 12, 2011 Dorothy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lover of Victorian mysteries
If one created a word cloud for Anne Perry's latest, the biggest cloud that would float to the front and center would be "humiliation." Close beside that cloud would be "fear" and "pain." All three of these emotions are perceived through the various characters' eyes, so "eyes" would have a major place in the cloud-orama as well.

I've always liked Anne Perry's writing for its social consciousness and its evocation of the period in which it is set, in the case of the William Monk series, the Victor
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LJ
First Sentence: Hester was half-asleep when she heard the slight sound, as if someone were taking in a sharp breath and ten letting out a soft, desperate gasp.

Inspector William Monk and his wife, Hester, are still trying to help young orphan Scuff overcome his horrific experience of being kidnapped for use on a ship owned by Jericho Phillips used to “entertain” wealthy, corrupt men. No one much cares that Mickey Parfitt has been murdered, until the means of his death is discovered to be an expen
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Dale Rosenberg
I complain about Anne Perry's books every time I read one, but there must be something I like about them because I keep reading them. She has two series (that I know of). Both are historical detective fiction set in 19th Century England and featuring a husband and wife detective team. This one is one of the Monk series. William Monk is variously a policeman and private detective - in this one he is the chief of the River Police. Hester, his wife, served as a nurse during the Crimean War and now ...more
Susan Erhardt
Not my favorite Anne Perry book. I think she needs to find a new word other than "horror" to use, can we PLEASE have Monk land a case that doesn't involve some sort of sexual depravity?!?
Trish
I am a little late to Anne Perry's ouevre and I wish her well. Someone I know reads her religiously, and I when I came across an audiobook of her latest William Monk (#17! good grief) I thought I'd give it a whirl.

I loved an opening section when Hester, Monk's wife, is described caring for and reading to a young street urchin whom the Monk's had invited into their home. He is tortured by bad dreams, and Hester sits beside him at night, talking and telling stories until he falls asleep. This vig
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Carol
Jun 01, 2012 Carol rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Now, don't get me wrong....I'm a HUGE Anne Perry fan and have read all her books. I also love the William and Hester Monk characters, but in this her latest of that series I was a bit disappointed. Picking up where "Execution Dock" ended (and perhaps she should have combined the two books to make one big novel), we are still in the midst of the child porno ring story. The difference here is that Monk is investigating the murder of one of the pornographers with the ultimate goal of capturing the ...more
Patricia
Mar 04, 2012 Patricia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyed the focus on Margaret and Rathbone's character and relationship. This is more interesting that the "mystery'" itself. Truly, Hester and Monk take second place in this one. The similarity of character between Margaret and her father - the Machiavellian streak they share is fascinating, as is Rathbone's discovery of it and his naivete. I am eager to see whether Perry brings Margaret back from the brink or not -- I think not. I wonder if this plot development was necessary in order to prese ...more
Romantical Skeptic
Pretty good but the moralizing tone and constant repetition of the same things over and over again got to me. I'm giving Anne Perry a break for a while.
Diabolika
Jan 06, 2017 Diabolika rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mistery
Un giallo che mi tiene sveglia fino all'una di notte si merita sicuramente 4*.

Questo libro è stata una piacevole scoperta: iniziato un po' lentamente, con il dipanarsi della storia, diventa sempre più avvincente. Ho divorato i capitoli finali, dedicati al processo che risolverà il mistero, per scoprire se il verdetto sarebbe stato di colpevolezza o innocenza. Mi sono affezionata subito ai protagonisti della serie, William Monk e sua moglie Hester, ma, soprattutto, a lei: una figura di donna molt
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An Odd1
Mar 26, 2012 An Odd1 rated it liked it
Title "Acceptable Loss" is euphemism, like modern 'collateral damage'. Investigators seek the money behind boats where blackmailers photograph rich Victorian London men sodomizing orphan boys such as Scuff, rescued previously by outspoken nurse Hester and her husband William Monk of the Thames River Constabulary. Their friend, solicitor Sir Oliver Rathbone, has wed elegant Margaret; she forsakes him for her accused father Lord Ballinger.

A costly custom silk scarf cravat that strangled boat oper
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Anne Slater
Jan 13, 2016 Anne Slater rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Anyone who reads my reviews knows I am partial to historically-based mystery fiction, especially fond of Anne Perry and "Charles Todd" (the fabulous mother-son duo).

Acceptable Loss is set in a very particular moment of Victorian London. I was not aware of learning much history as I read it, more sociology, I suppose. I don't want to say anything about the theme and characters per se as they are limned only too well in the preliminary GoodReads coverage.

What you should know is that this was a re
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Elizabeth
Aug 12, 2011 Elizabeth rated it really liked it
Coming on the heels of his last case, Execution Dock: A Novel, William Monk finds himself investigating the death of the unsavory Mickey Parfitt, who was murdered with an expensive cravat. Parfitt ran a boat of unspeakable horrors, and Monk hopes that finding Parfitt's killer will lead to the mastermind and financier of the boat. This case hits close to home for both Monk and his friend Oliver Rathbone, and the reverberations will be felt long after the case is closed.

It's definitely important t
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Donna
May 25, 2011 Donna rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone who read Execution Dock
My 4 stars is based on the combination of this book and the one immediate prior "Execution Dock". More than any other mystery series I've read, these two books need to be read in order and preferably one right after the other. While I read the first, it's been a while and really needed to stretch to remember all of its particulars.

These two books expose some of the truly awful underlife of London. It's hard to read some of it. I appreciate learning about life on the Thames in the mid-Victorian e
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Gaetano
Jan 11, 2017 Gaetano rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Primo giallo di Anne Perry letto, grazie all'occasione della parola del mese (ed a qualche suggerimento sul tema).

Il romanzo, ambientato nella Londra vittoriana, fa parte di una serie con protagonista l'ispettore Monk che questa volta si muove tra il degrado e lo squallore del mondo della prostituzione e del vizio e la ricchezza e superbia dell'alta borghesia inglese, qui spesso intrisa di ipocrisia.

Il giudizio è positivo: la suspense, soprattutto nella seconda parte, mi ha tenuto sveglio fino a
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Susan Johnson
Dec 28, 2011 Susan Johnson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Anne Perry is one of the best Victorian era mystery writers around. She makes the period come alive and quite understandable to us. Monk and his wife, Hester, are a couple trying to make their world a better place. Monk is a policeman on the Thames River and Hester runs a place for street women to get a new start. They recently took in a ward, Scruff, who was a victim of a vicious child pornography ring.
When Monk discovers evidence of another child pornography exploitation, he goes all out to s
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Sherry Roffe
Aug 15, 2011 Sherry Roffe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This Books is a continuation of Execution Dock. If you have not read it, she gives enough background that you can still enjoy the book, but I would highly recommend you read the other one first. The book is Anne at her Finest. Her character studies are brilliant. Her Social Commetary of Victorian London smack us right in the FACE with a major problem we have today with child porno and abuse. However, she poses a question, can despicible evil of a few, used for the greater good of the masses be c ...more
Judy
Jan 03, 2013 Judy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't know how this happened, but I read the eighteenth book in the William and Hester Monk series before reading this one. As a result, I pretty much knew where the plot was heading for the entire book. Still it was an interesting journey. William Monk, Commander of the River Police in London during the Victorian era, is desperate to put an end to the sexual abuse of boys as young as 5 years old and the blackmail that goes alone with it. Especially since it appears that the powers that contro ...more
Francis
Sep 05, 2011 Francis rated it really liked it
If you like British mysteries, damp foggy nights, proper manners, class consciousness, creepy characters and plenty of moral dilemmas, then this is for you.

The sub-genre is historical detective and the subject is child pornography but treated with a sensible touch rather than a lurid touch, high on moral outrage but low on descriptive detail.

The trial had some unexpected turns that may challenge your sense of logic but in the end its about the characters and there are a whole host of characters
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Julie
Aug 18, 2011 Julie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I waited a really long year for the 17th book in the William Monk Mystery series and it was so worth it. Anne Perry is such a great mystery writer. No one can capture the feeling of Victorian England like her. She writes about really hard topics, but she never makes her books lurid and disgusting. Her characters have depth and weaknesses and struggle with complex issues that were part of England in the 1860's and yet totally relavent to issues found in our culture, which makes her books all the ...more
michelle
Sep 17, 2011 michelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another satisfying Monk, Hester, Rathbone murder mystery. I do miss the bigger mystery of Monk and liked how when he did remember anything about his past. At the same time, I was gratified to have him and Hester get together happily and for Monk to uncover the big pieces of his identity so they can go on and help more people. I am enjoying the development of the Scuff character and would like more description of him in their lives. It also appears Rathbone's life is becoming more and more comple ...more
Deb
Feb 11, 2012 Deb rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012-books-read
About 20 pages in I realized that I had missed the previous book in the William Monk series, but I kept reading. I wish I hadn't because the plot of this one was really a continuation of the previous one. Regardless, like all of Anne Perry's books in this series (and in the Pitt series) examine the underbelly of Victorian England's society. In this book (and the previous one)male child prostitution is the focus of the investigation. How far should someone go to end the evil is the linchpin upon ...more
Kaydee
Aug 05, 2016 Kaydee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult-fiction
This is my first Anne Perry novel and what a delight. I listened to this on cd and Ralph Lister did an amazing job! Each characters voice was unique and distinct. I felt I was watching the story unfold on stage.

The suspense was insane. Who did it and why? Oliver and Margaret were my favorite. One to fall in love with and one to detest. Monk and Hester are just as memorable with their passion for truthfulness.

The trail was intense and the ending was heart breaking and surprising. Oh Oliver, how
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Becky
Historical fiction set in Victorian London ... Interesting perspective on the role of the Thames in social and economic life ... I was annoyed at the beginning by the Cockney dialect and repetition of the circumstances of the crime, especially because the crime involved sexual abuse of young boys. The story ends with a trial; I wonder how realistic , given the time and place, were the proceedings. One thing I loved about the book was the depiction of upper-class, gentlemanly Victorian values: ho ...more
Barbara Elsborg
Feb 07, 2015 Barbara Elsborg rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First Anne Perry that I've read and I have a feeling I should have started with the previous one but I enjoyed it. Well drawn scene of London at that time, interesting characters and a plot element that I thought I'd guessed but got to the end and then I wasn't sure. But maybe I need to read the next to find out if I was right.
Sheila
Feb 03, 2012 Sheila rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 1/2 stars! I would have given it 5 stars if I had known what was going on in the previous books. Not the book, nor the authors fault. I want to go back and read this whole series. Very good writing!!
Tammie
Sep 13, 2011 Tammie rated it it was amazing
Loved it! Another one I couldn't put down. I loved that this one was tied to Execution Dock in plot. I really grew to detest Margaret. I just wanted to slap her for saying the things she said to Hester! And I felt so sorry for poor Rathbone. He definitely deserves better.
Correen
Sep 14, 2014 Correen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

A very good story about child pornography and abuse in nineteenth century England with mostly well developed characters, one of whom is now removed from any later series. Monk is at his best and Hester, of course, is on top of the game.
Carrie
Nov 04, 2011 Carrie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Self-doubt, desperation, misplaced loyalty, physical exhaustion, terrible fear and then the truth finally cuts through it all like vinegar on a dirty mirror and something beautiful shines out...
Dina Batista
Eu sou fã dos livros de Anne Perry, principalmente a serie William Monk e tenho-o seguido desde o principio. Gostei de rever Monk e Hester, como reencontrar amigos de longa data. Nesta historia negra de pornografia infantil na era vitoriana, tive uma certa dificuldade com o enredo, achei que havia muita repetição, com muitas personagens a duvidarem-se constantamente, a confissão do culpado no final foi feito de uma maneira brusca depois de tudo o que se passou em tribunal. Mas gostei de acompanh ...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 categories of genre fiction, including historical murder mysteries and detective fiction. Many of them feature a number of recurrin
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