The Shifting Tide

The Shifting Tide

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"Engrossing . . . The mysterious and dangerous waterfront world of London's 'longest street,' the Thames, comes to life."--South Florida Sun-Sentinel

William Monk knows London's streets like the back of his hand. But the river Thames and its teeming docks--where wharf rats and night plunderers ply their trades--is unknown territory. Only Monk's dire need for work persuades him to accept an assignment from shipping magnate Clement Louvain, to investigate the theft of a cargo of African ivory from Louvain's recently docked schooner, the Maude Idris. But why didn't Louvain report the ivory theft directly to the River Police? Another mystery is the appearance of a desperately ill woman who Louvain claims is the discarded mistress of an old friend. Is she connected to the theft, or to something much darker? As Monk endeavors to solve these riddles, he can't imagine the trap that will soon so fatefully ensnare him.

Praise for The Shifting Tide

"With her visionary sensibility, Anne Perry is the master of the 'you are there' school of hist-myst storytelling. . . . [Here are] scenes that could have come out of Dickens's Our Mutual Friend. " -- The New York Times Book Review

"As always, Perry uses her characters and story to comment on ethical issues that remain as relevant today as they were in Victorian times." -- Publishers Weekly

"No one writes more elegantly than Perry, nor better conjures up the rich and colorful tapestry of London in the Victorian era." -- The Plain Dealer

"Among the best [of the Monk books] . . . This one has all Perry's trademark atmosphere." -- The Globe and Mail
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books Trade Paperbacks, 2011, c2004
Edition: Ballantine Books trade paperback ed
ISBN: 9780345514189
Branch Call Number: M PER
Characteristics: 328 p. ;,21 cm

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DorisWaggoner
Jan 16, 2018

Monk is in transition, as his usual private inquiry agent jobs in the city of London, which he knows so well, have dwindled. He's not making enough to support himself or his wife Hester and her clinic for sick and injured street women. So when he's approached by a major ship owner to find a missing cargo of ivory tusks, who promises him a large fee, he feels compelled to accept. While his detecting skills are of use, he knows nothing about life on the Thames, so why did Louvain choose him? And why does Louvain soon bring the ill cast-off mistress of a friend to Hester's clinic? Monk finds help and friendship from a member of the Thames River Police. Margaret, Hester's upper-class friend who both helps in the clinic and approachers her society friends for money, finds two friends who, reluctantly, come to see what Hester and Margaret are doing, and stay to help. A serious illness breaks out among the women in the clinic, one which links her work to Monk's case. The nature of the illness seems a bit far-fetched, but since Perry's research is always impeccable, I have to assume that there were cases during the Victorian period.

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