The year is 1861. The American Civil War has just begun, and London arms dealer Daniel Alberton is becoming a very wealthy man. His quiet dinner party seems remote indeed from the passions rending America. Yet investigator William Monk and his bride, Hester, sense growing tensions and barely concealed violence. For two of the guests are Americans, each vying to buy Alberton’s armaments. Soon Monk and Hester’s forebodings are fulfilled as one member of the party is brutally murdered and two others disappear— along with Alberton’s entire inventory of weapons. As Monk and Hester track the man they believe to be the murderer all the way to Washington, D.C., and the bloody battlefield at Manassas, Slaves of Obsession twists and turns like a powder-keg fuse and holds the reader breathless and spellbound.
About the Author
Anne Perry is the bestselling author of two acclaimed series set in Victorian England: the Charlotte and Thomas Pitt novels, including Buckingham Palace Gardens and Long Spoon Lane, and the William Monk novels, including Execution Dock and Dark Assassin. She is also the author of a series of five World War I novels, as well as seven holiday novels, most recently A Christmas Odyssey, and a historical novel, The Sheen on the Silk, set in the Ottoman Empire. Anne Perry lives in Scotland.
“A rich tapestry of period details . . . Perry keeps up the suspense right to the end.”—Baltimore Sun
“When it comes to the Victorian murder mystery, no one can top [Anne] Perry. . . . This is one of her best.”—San Francisco Examiner
“Scenes are brilliantly etched . . . [Perry is] the most adroit sleight-of-hand practitioner since Agatha Christie.”—Chicago Sun-Times
“Meticulously constructed . . . Perry’s images of the carnage and confusion of battle are relentless in their intensity, unflinching in their truth-telling detail.”—The New York Times Book Review
“A welcome and entertaining read . . . Perry writes with a deft sense of history and place.”—The Cincinnati Post