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When the body of a small-time crook named Mickey Parfitt washes up on the tide, no one grieves; far from it. But William Monk, commander of the River Police, is puzzled by the expensive silk cravat used to strangle Parfitt. How did this elegant scarf - whose original owner was obviously a man of substance - end up imbedded in the neck of a wharf rat who richly deserved his sordid end?
Dockside informers lead Monk to what may be a partial answer - a floating palace of corruption on the Thames managed by Parfitt, where a captive band of half-starved boys is forced to perform vile acts for men willing to pay a high price for midnight pleasures. Although Monk and his fearless wife, Hester, would prefer to pin a medal on Parfitt’s killer, duty leads them in another direction - to an unresolved crime from the past, to blackmail and more murder, and to a deadly confrontation with some of the empire’s most respected men.
To a superlative degree, Acceptable Loss provides colorful characters, a memorable portrait of waterfront life, and a story that achieves its most thrilling moments in a transfixed London courtroom, where Monk faces his old friend Oliver Rathbone in a trial of nearly unbearable tension - in sum, every delectable drop of the rich pleasure that readers expect from an Anne Perry novel.
©2011 Anne Perry (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
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3 out of 5 stars
By connie on 09-19-11

#17 - and it shows...

If you're new to Hester/Monk novels, start with the early ones, which are much better and introduce the characters well.

#17 - the good news is that Lister is a MUCH better voice for Perry than Collaci; the bad news - I found this one of Perry's weaker novels - wordy and repetitive in places, and Hester seems to have amnesia at times when reporting her sleuthing to Monk. I think #15-#17 could have been condensed into two good novels rather than spun out into three.

That said, the venerable Ms Perry says that she will keep wriitng these as long as we keep reading, and I'll probabaly keep downloading them for easy listening relaxation. I hope Hester and Monk are in better form in #18, however!

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8 of 8 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Jean on 12-17-11

Acceptable Loss

Ralph Lister did a good job reading this story. Good court room drama with Oliver Rathbone defending his father in law. Hester and her clinic were in the middle of this along with Margaret Rathbone. We have followed along in other book the courtship of the Rathbone's and now is it interesting to see the changes in Margaret as she struggles to come to terms with the horrible crimes her father is accused of. Hester seems to grow stronger and more compassionate in each book. Oliver and Monk seem to understand each other better in this book. Can not wait for the next book. Reading about the 1850 is a good reminder of how far we have come in women's rights, legal changes and running water.

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5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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