Image of Blood on the Water: A William Monk Novel


Image of Blood on the Water: A William Monk Novel

Familiar characters return to help solve the mystery in this 20th William Monk tale. Plot elements combine to transport the reader to the sights and sounds of 1850s London. Compared to present day, the path to justice is a bit slow, though some scenes are literally explosive. It is interesting to note that some things, including bribery, corruption and blackmail, never change.

William Monk, head of London’s River Police, witnesses the explosion of a pleasure ship, the Princess Mary. Many prominent people were aboard. Flawed evidence leads to the arrest of Egyptian Habib Beshara, yet Monk questions his guilt. The Suez Canal is nearing completion, and tensions are increasing between England and Egypt over the soon-to-be shipping route. Is it possible the two events are connected? Will Monk become the next target? (BALLANTINE, Oct., 320 pp., $26.00)
Reviewed by: 
Leslie L. McKee