The Shifting Tide

The Shifting Tide

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Reluctantly accepting an assignment to investigate an ivory cargo theft along the Thames, Victorian sleuth William Monk wonders why his client elected not to report the crime to police, a situation that turns more mysterious when the client brings a dangerously ill woman to Monk's wife's health clinic. By the author of No Graves As Yet. 100,000 first printing.

Blackwell North Amer
Anne Perry illuminates the shifting tide of emotions encompassing Queen Victoria's London and the people who live there - aristocrats, brothel owners, thieves, Dickensian ruffians, and their evil keepers. She takes us through dangerous backstreets where the poor eke out their humble livings, and into the mansions of the rich, safe and secure in their privileged lives. Or so they believe.
William Monk knows London's streets like the back of his hand; after all, they are where he earns his living. But the river Thames and its teeming docks - where towering schooners and clipper ships unload their fabulous cargoes and wharf rats and night plunderers ply their trades - is unknown territory.
Only dire need persuades him to accept an assignment from shipping magnate Clement Louvain to investigate the theft of a cargo of African ivory from Louvain's recently docked schooner, the Maude Idris. Monk is desperate for work, not only to feed himself and his wife, Hester, but to keep open the doors of Hester's clinic, a last resort for sick and starving street women.
But he wonders: Why didn't Louvain report the ivory theft directly to the River Police? Why did he warn Monk not to investigate the murder of one of the Maude Idris crew? Even more mysterious, why has Louvain brought to Hester's clinic a desperately ill woman who he claims is the discarded mistress of an old friend? Neither Hester nor Monk anticipates the nightmare answers to these questions...nor the trap that soon so fatefully ensnares them.

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Reluctantly accepting an assignment to investigate an Ivory cargo theft along the Thames, Victorian sleuth William Monk wonders why his client elected not to report the crime to police.

Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, 2004
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780345440099
0345440099
Branch Call Number: F PER
Characteristics: 328 p. ; 24 cm

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DorisWaggoner
Jan 16, 2018

Monk is in transition, as his usual private inquiry agent jobs in the city of London, which he knows so well, have dwindled. He's not making enough to support himself or his wife Hester and her clinic for sick and injured street women. So when he's approached by a major ship owner to find a missing cargo of ivory tusks, who promises him a large fee, he feels compelled to accept. While his detecting skills are of use, he knows nothing about life on the Thames, so why did Louvain choose him? And why does Louvain soon bring the ill cast-off mistress of a friend to Hester's clinic? Monk finds help and friendship from a member of the Thames River Police. Margaret, Hester's upper-class friend who both helps in the clinic and approachers her society friends for money, finds two friends who, reluctantly, come to see what Hester and Margaret are doing, and stay to help. A serious illness breaks out among the women in the clinic, one which links her work to Monk's case. The nature of the illness seems a bit far-fetched, but since Perry's research is always impeccable, I have to assume that there were cases during the Victorian period.

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