Blind Justice

Blind Justice

Large Print - 2013
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England, 1865. Hester Monk, the wife of William Monk, commander of the Thames River Police, questions the finances of a London church whose members' hard-earned charitable gifts appear to go into the pocket of charismatic preacher Abel Taft. Taft is accused of extortion and brilliant barrister Oliver Rathbone, newly appointed a judge, is chosen to preside over the trial. Taft's guilt seems clear, until a last-minute witness completely undermines the charges. Then Rathbone makes a well-meaning but reckless move that could ruin his career, his reputation, and his life.
Publisher: Waterville, Maine :, Thorndike Press,, 2013.
Edition: Large Print edition.
ISBN: 9781410463203
1410463206
Characteristics: 571 pages (large print) ; 23 cm

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DorisWaggoner
May 03, 2018

Sir Oliver, on the heels of one fraud case, is given another. A minister is accused of defrauding his parishioners of their donations, which he doesn't use for the charitable purposes he claims he will. Hester attends the church, just once, with Scuff. She's impressed with the preacher, but feels high pressure from his assistant, and tells Monk so. She also asks her accountant at the clinic to look at the public records to see if he can see discrepancies. He does. She and Monk don't tell Oliver, since it's his job to be impartial. A surprising end to the trial results in an arrest of Oliver for not being impartial. What's gone wrong? His trial is even more dramatic than the first one over which he presided. The second half of the book is much stronger than the first. Overall, I learned a great deal more about Oliver and his feelings than in most books in this series, and I appreciated that.

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readerpat
Nov 30, 2015

A very good story. I love these William Monk books.

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