Cain His Brother

Cain His Brother

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Inspector William Monk journeys from the luxurious mansions of Victorian London to its darkest slums as he searches for the missing Angus Stonefield, a gentle, loving and saintly man who may have been murdered by his depraved twin brother

Blackwell North Amer
Victoria's London was the queen of the universe, a dazzling metropolis from whose magnificent mansions and discreetly luxurious clubs flowed the strategies that built the greatest empire ever known. Meanwhile, the city's poor suffered and died in hopeless obscurity. Inspector William Monk knows his city's best and its worst - or so he believes, until the day when charming Genevieve Stonefield comes to plead with him to find her missing husband.
In his family life, Angus Stonefield had been gentle and loving; in business, a man of probity; and in his relationship with his twin brother, Caleb, a virtual saint. Now he is missing, and it appears more than possible that Caleb - a creature long since abandoned to depravity - has murdered him.
And so Monk puts himself into the missing man's shoes, searching in Stonefield's comfortable home, his prospering business, his favorite haunts, and, finally, the city's dangerous, fever-ridden slums for clues to Angus's fate and his vicious brother's whereabouts. Slowly, Monk inches toward the truth - and also, unwittingly, toward the destruction of his good name and livelihood...

Baker
& Taylor

Inspector William Monk journeys from the luxurious mansions of Victorian London to its darkest slums as he searches for the missing Angus Stonefield, a gently, loving, and saintly man who may have been murdered by his depraved twin brother, Caleb. Mystery Guild Main. Lit Guild Alt.

Publisher: New York : Fawcett Columbine, c1995.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780449908471
044990847X
Branch Call Number: M PER
Characteristics: 390 p. ; 24 cm.

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DorisWaggoner
Sep 26, 2017

Monk doesn't usually deal with purely domestic cases, but when an attractive woman comes to him in desperation after her successful businessman husband disappears, he has two reasons for taking on her case. First, he is short of funds. Second, he is intrigued with why her husband would, for the umpteenth time, try to rescue his twin brother, who lives from hand to mouth in the most dangerous part of London. He often returns from these visits upset, injured, his clothing in ruins, refusing to tell her what's happened. Monk's search is complicated by a typhoid epidemic and a subplot, not resolved, in which his memory loss trulythreatens him. The usual trial scene is as dramatic as always, but the resolution of the story isn't as satisfactory as most in the series. Still well worth reading.

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