Execution Dock

Execution Dock

A Novel

Book - 2009
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On the bustling docks along the River Thames, Great Britain's merchant ships unload the treasures of the world. And here, in dank and sinister alleys, sex merchants ply their lucrative trade. The dreaded kingpin of this dark realm is Jericho Phillips, who seems far beyond the reach of the law. But when thirteen-year-old Fig is found with his throat cut, Commander William Monk of the River Police swears that Phillips will hang for this abomination. Monk's wife, Hester, draws a highly unusual guerrilla force to her husband's cause--a canny ratcatcher, a retired brothel keeper, a fearless street urchin, and a rebellious society lady. To one as criminally minded as Phillips, these folks are mere mosquitoes, to be sure. But as he will soon discover, some mosquitoes can have a deadly sting.
Publisher: New York, NY : Ballantine Books, 2009.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780345469342
Branch Call Number: PER
Characteristics: 306 pages ; 24 cm.


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Jan 19, 2018

Monk inherits several cold cases from his predecessor, Durban. Worst is that of sleazy Phillips, the worst of the sex merchants. He kidnaps young street boys forcing them to perform sex acts before and with powerful, rich men at high prices. He takes photos, for sale at high prices. His normal looking boat is a brothel inside, moving up and down the Thames to avoid the police. Monk brings him to trial for the murder of one of these boys, and is shocked to find his friend Rathbone defending Phillips. Monk, Hester, and the police were so sure of their evidence that they are stunned at Rathbone's personal attack and Phillips's acquittal. The friendship between Monk, Hester, and Rathbone suffers; worse, they know Phillips is guilty. The pace picks up as public opinion is against the River Police and they need to find another way to bring him to justice. A stunning ending.

B2K2rEaD Jul 14, 2013

Very Exciting anf fast paced, but with just a little bit of a "clean up"ending

Jun 25, 2010

A little darker tham most Perry novels but I did enjoy it. Good characterizations, suspense, action, a well written story.


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Dec 13, 2011

Jericho Phillips charged with murdering a young street boy. Defended by Oliver Rathbone and gets off, although he is likely guilty. Hester & Monk dig further to try to convict him of other crimes.

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