"Strong mid-nineteenth century mystery"
William Monk considers himself very lucky that Hester loves
him as much as he loves her. Their marriage is a good one
despite the fact that William still suffers from amnesia
and much of his past remains a blank. As an enquiry agent,
William takes on various cases that his clients don't want
the police to know about, such as the one with Katrina
Katrina wants Monk to find out if her suitor, Michael
Dolgarno, a junior partner in a company building railroads,
is involved in illegal activities, possibly land fraud.
The deeper Monk digs into the case, old memories begin to
reawaken and the enquiry agent is afraid that at one time
he may have been involved in something illegal. Unable to
turn for comfort to Hester, Monk is determined to find out
the truth about his past once and for all and though he
knows his client is a fool he starts making inquiries.
Fans of this series will be delighted to know that the
tortured hero finally regains a good chunk of his memory
and with it a measure of peace. The story line is
fascinating with a climax so shocking that readers will
remember it in the years to come and wonder how Anne Perry
will top this vivid picture of what it means to be poor in
the mid-nineteenth century England.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted September 4, 2002