Slaves of Obsession: A William Monk Novel

By Anne Perry

The yr is 1861. the yank Civil warfare has simply started, and London fingers broker Daniel Alberton is turning into a really prosperous guy. His quiet ceremonial dinner turns out distant certainly from the passions rending the US. but investigator William Monk and his bride, Hester, feel transforming into tensions and rarely hid violence. for 2 of the site visitors are american citizens, every one vying to shop for Alberton’s armaments. quickly Monk and Hester’s forebodings are fulfilled as one member of the celebration is brutally murdered and others disappear— in addition to Alberton’s complete stock of guns. As Monk and Hester tune the guy they think to be the assassin all of the approach to Washington, D.C., and the bloody battlefield at Manassas, Slaves of Obsession twists and turns like a powder-keg fuse and holds the reader breathless and spellbound.

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As I stated, he was once of extraordinary visual appeal. His corporation had deserted him, Gilmer stated, simply because he had refused him sexual favors. at the moment he was once determined. I paid his money owed as an issue of compassion. ” He took a deep breath yet his eyes didn't waver. Casbolt didn't try and interrupt. He appeared content material that Alberton should still inform the tale. “Nevertheless,” Alberton went on, his voice even decrease, “the terrible guy died … in very tragic conditions. …” He drew in his breath and allow it out in a sigh. “He had attempted to get extra paintings as a version, yet whenever with much less good humans. He was once … a little bit naive, i feel. He anticipated a regular of morality that didn't exist within the circles within which he moved. He was once misunderstood. males concept he was once providing sexual favors, and while he refused they turned offended and placed him out in the street. i assume rejection quite often produces such feelings. ” He stopped, his face jam-packed with pity. This time it used to be Casbolt who took up the thread, his voice earnest. “You see, Mr. Monk, bad Gilmer, whom I additionally helped financially on one social gathering, used to be stumbled on lifeless numerous months in the past in a home identified for male prostitution. whether or not they simply sheltered him out of compassion, or if he labored there, isn't really recognized. however it made any cash handed to him, no matter if a present or a check, fall below suspicion. ” “Yes, I see that. ” Monk may possibly visualize the image very essentially. He used to be uncertain accurately how a lot he believed, however it used to be most likely inappropriate. “Someone has came upon facts of this reward of yours and needs you to proceed it … merely to them? ” A flicker crossed Alberton’s face. “It isn't really relatively so simple as that, yet that's the substance of it. it's not funds they need. If it have been, i may be tempted, to guard my family members, even though I observe that when you may have paid there is not any finish to it. ” “It additionally seems to be an admission that there's whatever to hide,” Monk additional, listening to the sting of contempt in his personal voice. Blackmail used to be a criminal offense he loathed above the other type of robbery. It used to be not only the extortion of cash; it used to be a sort of torture, long-drawn-out and planned. He had identified it to force humans to their deaths. “I’ll do all i will be able to to help,” he further quick. Alberton checked out him. “The fee they need is one i will not supply. ” Casbolt nodded very a little, yet there has been anger and discomfort in his face. He watched Monk carefully. Monk waited. “They wish me to pay them in gun sales,” Alberton defined. “To Baskin and corporate, an organization which i do know is purely a entrance for an additional which sells on to pirates working within the Mediterranean. ” His fingers have been clenched into fists until eventually his knuckles shone white. “What you'll no longer recognize, Mr. Monk, is that my spouse is part Italian. ” He glanced momentarily at Casbolt. “I imagine you heard point out of it at dinner. Her brother and his spouse and youngsters have been murdered whereas at sea off the coast of Sicily … by way of pirates. you are going to comprehend why it might be very unlikely for me to promote them weapons in these conditions. ” “Yes … definite, in fact I do,” Monk acknowledged with feeling.

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