Perry continues her Victorian London series featuring police superintendent William Monk with a subject that would be as repugnant in 1864 as it is today -- child pornography. The mystery is complex, with many startling facets, as this brilliant series continuously explores new layers of Monk's personality.
As superintendent of the Thames River police, Monk desperately wants to close a case that haunted his predecessor, Durban, up to the day he died. It involves a child pornographer who runs a sex ring of young boys.
Monk soon realizes that capturing Jericho Phillips is only the beginning of a much deeper mystery with far-reaching consequences. With the help of his wife, Hester, and Scuff, a young lad he's befriended, Monk delves into the depraved underworld of child abuse. (BALLANTINE, Apr., 320 pp., $26.00)