Slaves of Obsession

Slaves of Obsession

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The year is 1861. The American Civil War has just begun, and London arms dealer Daniel Albertson is becoming a very wealthy man as emissaries from both sides of the conflict rush to purchase his wares. The quiet dinner party held by Albertson and his beautiful wife seems remote indeed from the passions rending America. Yet investigator William Monk and his bride, Hester, sense growing tensions and barely concealed violence in this well-appointed mansion. For two of the guests are Americans, each vying to buy Albertson's armaments. Philo Trace, the Southerner, is both charming and intelligent, but a defender of slavery. Northerner Lyman Breelove is a disturbing blend of political zealot and personal reserve--to whom Albertson's teenage daughter has pledged her heart. Soon Monk and Hester's forebodings are fulfilled. For within this group, one is brutally murdered in a cruel ritualistic fashion, and two others disappear--along with Albertson's entire inventory of weapons. Slaves of Obsession twists and turns like a powder keg fuse as Monk and Hester track the man they believe to be a cold-blooded murderer all the way to Washington D.C. and the bloody battlefield at Manassas. Yet finally, in a hushed London courtroom scene, Anne Perry holds her readers breathless and spellbound while Sir Oliver Rathbone fights to defend the innocent . . . and perhaps the guilty . . . from the hangman's noose.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, 2000
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780345433268
0345433262
Branch Call Number: M PERRY
MYSTERY Perry 2000
Characteristics: 344 p. ; 25 cm

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DorisWaggoner
Nov 29, 2017

At a small dinner party with strangers recommended by a mutual friend, newlyweds Monk and Hester meet an armaments dealer and two Americans competing to buy his wares, one for the Union and one for the Confederates. When the host is later murdered, and his young daughter, enthralled by the Union officer, disappears, Monk is hired by the widow to find out what happened, and retrieve her daughter. This leads to the Monks' first trip to America, where they find the girl, and end up in the first big Civil War battle. Hester ends up working as a nurse, treating whoever needs her the most. Monk is highly impressed by seeing her in action. They solve the case, and bring the miscreant, and the daughter, back to London to face charges. As usual, Perry brings the reader into the action, whether it be the battle, the courtroom, or Monk's frightened effort to dive the murky Thames looking for evidence. A subplot about pirates is extraneous, or I'd have given this one 5 stars.

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blueroo276
Jul 20, 2014

Very typical of the author, though this one touches on the American Civil War. Beginning was quite engrossing, middle was a little dull, and I did suspect "who done it," though I wasn't sure. Definitely worth reading if you liked the other Monk books, but if you're not familiar with the series you would might find it a little hard to follow. (Start with "Face of a Stranger.")

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