The Silent Cry

The Silent Cry

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Deep in London's 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 cannot fathom these brutal assaults until shrewd investigator William Monk uncovers a connection between them and a series of rapes and beatings of local prostitutes. Then, shockingly, it begins to appear that young Rhys may have killed his own father. . . .

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Victorian-era criminal investigator William Monk wonders if a respected solicitor general found dead in a London slum or his barely living son could be responsible for a series of rapes and beatings of local prostitutes. Reprint.

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When the respected solicitor Leighton Duff is found bludgeoned to death in one of Victorian London's worst slums, along with his severely injured son, Rhys, investigator William Monk uncovers a link between Duff's murder and a vicious series of attacks on

Publisher: New York : Fawcett Columbine, 1997
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780804117937
Branch Call Number: MYS Perry, A 400.8 1997
Characteristics: 361 pages ; 24 cm


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Nov 13, 2017

As with all Perry's William Monk novels, this one has a point to make about the morals of the class structure of early Victorian England. Part of the interest applies to today's culture as well. As usual, Monk, nurse Hester, and solicitor Sir Oliver work together. Monk comes upon two dead men in a dark alley in a London slum, one of whom turns out to be barely breathing. Hester is hired to care for the young man when he returns home from the hospital, unable to speak or communicate except by nodding. Clearly he is tortured by his experience, but what happened? He is charged with murdering the older man, and the investigation is both fascinating and much more difficult than usual. Monk also learns a great deal about his life before the accident, and comes to the beginnings of peace about it. This seems to be a turning point in the series.


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