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When a ransom exchange turns violent in the latest mystery from New York Times best-selling author Anne Perry, Commander William Monk faces an unthinkable possibility: betrayal by his own men. 

Local businessman Harry Exeter doesn't want the aid of the Thames River Police in tracking down the men who kidnapped his wife, Kate. He only asks them to help him navigate Jacob's Island, a creepy mass of decrepit buildings where he will hand off a large sum of money in exchange for her life. But when they arrive at the meeting place, Commander Monk and five of his best men are attacked from all sides, and Monk is left wondering who could have given away their plans - and why anyone would want to harm Kate Exeter. 

As Monk follows leads from Kate's worried cousin and a crafty clerk at the bank where Exeter gathered the ransom money, it seems inevitable one of his own men has betrayed him. Delving into their pasts, he realizes how little he knows about the people he works with every day, including his trusted right-hand man, Hooper, the one colleague Monk has always been certain he can count on. 

Even as they identify one of the kidnappers, the case runs into hurdle after hurdle, causing Monk to choose between his own safety and the chance to solve the case - and figure out where his men's loyalty really lies.

©2018 Anne Perry (P)2018 Recorded Books

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One of Anne Perry's best stories.

I gave it 4 stars because it needs at least a 20 minute epilogue as do ALL her books.

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Don't waste your credit

I had forgotten how horrible the last book was until I finished chapter one. I was ready to return this book by chapter 4 but continued to listen. The story did get better but the ending was abrupt and disappointing. I am done with the Monk series.

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Excellent novel

Just when I thought the Monk series couldn’t get better, Anne Perry scores again! This book grabbed my attention from the very beginning! The narration is excellent, and the characters beautifully delineated. I loved the new attention on Hooper.

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Wow, caught me by surprise, sort of

I love the Monk series and there has been only one I didn't care for (when Hester got kidnapped). So, for the first half or more of this book I thought, "Oh no, Anne Perry is going by the way of so many of my favorite authors and giving it half an effort. It seemed to drag. I guessed who the guilty person was almost at the beginning because it seemed so obvious to me. I thought, "Monk's is losing his unique intuition that he doesn't see this clearly". Well, as the book progressed and I was just about to turn it off out of frustration and a bit of boredom, it suddenly became very intriguing. So, Anne Perry did it again. This time in leading us astray and then presenting a surprising ending. And, oh yes, we get to see more of Hooper, a character of which I have grown fond. Hang in there if you feel like I did at the first half. It is worth it.

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Love Monk and Hester

Great story by Anne Perry. Wish it had lasted longer! Great characters, always love learning more about Monk as he learns about himself. #monk#Tagsgiving#Sweepstakes

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another gripping, and unexpected plot from Anne Pe

loved it! I had to keep it going in my car, with headphones in bed, and attached to my nose as much as possible during the day!

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Flat narration

Narration is vey flat. This is a mystery with action. Narrator speaks very pedantically; sounds as though he's delivering a funeral sermon. No emotion; all characters sound flat, old and dull, regardless of the situation. None of these policemen sound as if they could run after much less catch a criminal. Mr. Colacci is actually a good narrator, he's just not right for this material.