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Publisher's Summary

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.
©2012 Anne Perry (P)2012 Random House
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Critic Reviews

“When it comes to the Victorian murder mystery, no one can top Perry...this is one of her best." ( San Francisco Examiner)
“Luxuriant...It's E.M. Forster spliced with Thomas Harris.... Perry is a master.” ( The Baltimore Sun)
"Scenes are brilliantly etched.... [Perry is] the most adroit sleight-of-hand practitioner since Agatha Christie.”( Chicago Sun Times)
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3 out of 5 stars
By Ann on 06-02-18

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I was desperate to listen to Monk rather than read so I listened (there’s a gap in available audiobooks in the series). This left me feeling empty. I got the gist, but I constantly felt like I was missing something, like when you leave the house and have forgotten your deodorant. The reader did wonderful work, the story is more of Anne Perry’s genius. But. Did I leave my stove on?

Now I have to decide if I will read the book to get what I lost.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Carol on 09-30-14

Monk - Slaves of Obsession

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I love the Monk series. This one seemed to have a few plot holes and Monk seemed to jump to conclusions early on as if the story was put together quickly. However, the story develops well later on. I enjoyed it and would listen to it again.

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