In a London hospital, Prudence Barrymore, a talented nurse who had once been one of Florence Nightingale’s angels of mercy in the Crimean War, meets sudden death by strangulation. Private inquiry agent William Monk is engaged to investigate this horrific crime–which intuition tells him was no random stroke of violence by a madman.
Greatly helped by his unconventional friend Hester Latterly, another of Miss Nightingale’s nurses, and barrister Oliver Rathbone, Monk assembles a portrait of the remarkable woman. Yet he also discerns the shadow of a tragic evil that darkens every level of society, and a frightening glimmer of his own eclipsed past.
About the Author
Anne Perry (b. 1938) is a bestselling author of historical detective fiction, most notably the Thomas and Charlotte Pitt series and the William Monk series, both set in Victorian England. Her first book, "The Cater Street Hangman" (1979), launched both the Pitt series and her career as a premier writer of Victorian mysteries. Other novels in the series include "Resurrection Row", "Death in the Devil's Acre", and "Silence in Hanover Close", as well as more than twenty others. The William Monk series of novels, featuring a Victorian police officer turned private investigator, includes "Funeral in Blue", "The Twisted Root", and "The Silent Cry". In addition to these series, Perry is also author of the World War I novels "No Graves as Yet", "Shoulder the Sky", "Angels in the Gloom", and others, as well as several collections of short stories. Perry's novels have appeared on bestseller lists around the world and she has over twenty-five million books in print worldwide. She lives in Scotland.
“Riveting . . . [a] surpassingly excellent historical and psychologically intricate mystery.”—Publishers Weekly
“Absorbing . . . Perry continues her excellent renderings of Victorian manners and mayhem.”—Chicago Sun-Times
“[Anne Perry] is adept at showing the reader two sides of Victorian London–the dark side where people are barely surviving and glittering society where people sometimes kill to hide terrible secrets.”—Knoxville News-Sentinel