A SUNLESS SEA
Perry has another splendid entry in the exciting series featuring police superintendent William Monk. She mastered, long ago, mysteries combining history, vivid personalities and heart-pounding suspense. Victorian England springs vividly to life, and William and his wife Hester are heartwarming and real.
Monk finds Zenia Gadney’s mutilated body on Limehouse Pier. The only clue he discovers is that Zenia was visited once a month by a gray-haired man. Monk learns he was a brilliant scientist, who killed himself two months before. Among the doctor’s investigations was the sale of opium, largely unregulated and causing many deaths. He wrote a report recommending regulation of opium in products. But the opium trade bankrolled many prominent families and still produces fortunes. These are powerful enemies. Monk and Hester will not be stopped, whatever the personal cost. (BALLANTINE, Sep., 384 pp., $26.00)