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 has this elegant scarfâ€”whose original owner was obviously a man of substanceâ€”ended up imbedded in the neck of wharf rat who richly deserves his sordid end?
Dockside informers lead Monk to what may be a partial answerâ€”a floating palace of corruption on the Thames managed by Parfitt, where a captive band of half-starved boys are forced to perform vile acts for men willing to pay a high price for their midnight pleasures. Although Monk and his fearless wife, Hester, would prefer to pin a medal on Parfittâ€™s killer, duty leads them in another directionâ€”to an unresolved crime from the past, to blackmail and more murder, to deadly confrontation with some of the empireâ€™s most respected men.
Acceptable Loss provides, to a superlative degree, 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 tensionâ€”in sum, every delectable drop of the rich pleasure that readers expect from an Anne Perry novel.
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