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Corridors of the Night: A William Monk Novel    by Anne Perry order for
Corridors of the Night
by Anne Perry
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Ballantine, 2015 (2015)
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* *   Reviewed by Bob Walch

This new William Monk novel, the 21st installment in the series, finds the Thames River Police commander and his wife, nurse Hester, engaged in an investigation to derail two obsessed scientists who have resorted to murder to find a cure for the fatal white-blood disease.

Magnus Rand, a doctor, and his brother Hamilton, a chemist, are dead set on conducting experiments that will provide a miracle cure for the deadly disease. Unfortunately, their work involves purchasing and imprisoning young children for unspeakable laboratory activities.

When Hester is caring for one of the brothers' dying patients at London's Royal Naval Hospital, she stumbles upon the secrets the duo has tried to keep quiet.

Convinced they are ever so close to a breakthrough, the Rands make Hester their prisoner so she can't reveal what they are doing. As her husband and his friends launch a search for Hester that stretches from inner London to the bucolic countryside, the clock is ticking. If Hester is not quickly found, she'll fall prey to these monomaniacal men of science.

A quick read set in Victorian England, this is a novel that you'll whip through in just a few days because Anne Perry is very proficient at creating a taut, intriguing plot filled with unforgettable characters.

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