A Sudden, Fearful Death

A Sudden, Fearful Death

Paperback - 2009
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In a London hospital, Prudence Barrymore, a talented nurse who had once been one of Florence Nightingale's angels of mercy in the Crimean War, meets sudden death by strangulation. Private inquiry agent William Monk is engaged to investigate this horrific crime-which intuition tells him was no random stroke of violence by a madman.

Greatly helped by his unconventional friend Hester Latterly, another of Miss Nightingale's nurses, and barrister Oliver Rathbone, Monk assembles a portrait of the remarkable woman. Yet he also discerns the shadow of a tragic evil that darkens every level of society, and a frightening glimmer of his own eclipsed past.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, 2009.
Edition: Ballantine Books trade pbk. ed.
ISBN: 9780345513984
0345513983
Branch Call Number: X
PR6066.E693 S84 2009
Characteristics: 451 p. ; 21 cm.

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DorisWaggoner
Sep 22, 2017

At first there appear to be two unrelated plots. In the first, Monk is hired to find the man who molested an unmarried young woman; in the second, one of Florence Nightingale's "angels of mercy" in the Crimean War, is strangled as she works in a London Hospital. Yet the cases are related, and solving one helps solve the other. Hester, another Crimean nurse who knew the strangled nurse in the war, goes to work in the hospital to find evidence, putting herself in danger. Monk, as he often does, stumbles on moral and ethical issues important in the Victorian era. They often enrage him, motivate him to search, at some danger to himself, for the solution to the crime, and show him a glimpse of who he was before his accident stole his memory.

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