Defend and Betray

Defend and Betray

Book - 1992
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Random House, Inc.
"A richly textured and timeless novel of suspense. Her Victorian England pulsates with life and is peopled with wonderfully memorable characters."
Faye Kellerman
Although esteemed General Thaddeus Carlyon meets his death in a freak accident at home, his beautiful wife, Alexandra, confesses that she killed him. Investigator William Monk, nurse Hester Latterly, and the brilliant Oliver Rathbone, counsel for the defense, work feverishly to break down the wall of silence raised by the accused and her husband's proud family. With the trial only days away, they inch toward the dark and appalling heart of the mystery. The final act is a courtroom masterpiece, through which we dare not breathe too deeply, lest the precarious balance of a woman's life be lost.


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Baker & Taylor
Investigator William Monk knows that the wife of General Carlyon is lying when she admits to killing her husband, but it takes a devastating courtroom confrontation to get at the truth

Blackwell North Amer
Anne Perry builds her novels as solidly as the Houses of Parliament, taking us into the exclusive boudoirs and withdrawing rooms of London's Victorian gentry, into the quarters of their servants and the schoolrooms of their children. Now, she continues her critically acclaimed Inspector Monk mystery series with a splendid evocation of England's nineteenth-century legal justice system. Defend and Betray will please enthusiastic Perry fans and everyone who loves courtroom drama.
After a brilliant military career, bravely serving crown and country in India, esteemed General Thaddeus Carlyon finally meets death, not in the frenzy of battle, but at an elegant London dinner party. In a bizarre incident that shocks aristocratic London. General Carlyon is killed in what first appears to be a freak accident. But the General's beautiful wife, Alexandra, readily confesses that she killed him - a story she clings to even under the shadow of the gallows.
Investigator Thomas Monk, nurse Hester Latterly, and brilliant Oliver Rathbone, counsel for the defense, work feverishly to break down the wall of silence raised by the accused and her husband's proud family; and with the trial only days away they inch toward the dark and appalling heart of the mystery. The final act is a courtroom masterpiece, through which we dare not breathe too deeply, lest the precarious balance of a woman's life be lost.

Baker
& Taylor

Investigator William Monk knows that the wife of General Carlyon is lying when she admits to killing her husband, but it takes a devastating courtroom confrontation to get at the truth. By the author of The Face of a Stranger.

Publisher: New York : Fawcett Columbine, 1992.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780449907559
0449907554
Branch Call Number: M PER
Characteristics: 385 p. ; 25 cm.

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DorisWaggoner
Jul 22, 2017

A rich society matron admits to murdering her husband, which means she will hang. The husband's sister, a friend of Hester's, doesn't believe the wife was capable of doing it, so goes to Hester for help. She brings in Monk and Rathbone in this 3rd outing in the series. The wife refuses to talk, so the three must work on their own to find out if she really did kill him, and if she did, why. I won't give anything away here, but the trial, with Oliver Rathbone for the defense, is absolutely incredible and had me in tears. As someone else said, it's very dark, but also hopeful.

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dale662
Mar 22, 2017

I wish there were more stars for this one. Five simply isn't enough.

AuntJane Mar 16, 2014

A society lady violently murders her husband - the question is what drove her to it. Book 3 of the Monk series with Monk, Hester and Rathbone all involved in uncovering the truth.

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blueroo276
Dec 25, 2012

Compelling, hard to put down, but very, very dark.

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