Defend and Betray (William Monk, Book 3) by Anne Perry

By Anne Perry

After an excellent army occupation, esteemed normal Thaddeus Carlyon ultimately meets his demise, now not within the frenzy of conflict yet at a chic London banquet. His loss of life seems to be the results of a freak twist of fate, however the general's attractive spouse, Alexandra, easily confesses that she killed him--a tale she clings to even lower than the specter of the noose.

Investigator William Monk, nurse Hester Latterly, and awesome Oliver Rathbone, tips for the safety, paintings feverishly to collapse the wall of silence raised through the accused and her husband's proud relatives. With the trial in simple terms days away, those there sleuths inch towards the darkish and appalling center of the mystery.

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In Brian’s presence she became pert, impudent, flirtatious. She emanated a wholesome sexiness, as if her plaid Gap skirt covered a leopard-skin garter belt. ’’ But she also saddened easily, and hungered for clarity, security, and purpose. He decided to play the rescuer, imagining that at his side she would grow strong—and grateful to him. Her white knight. They married within six months, and they doted and clung to each other with a passion that was both pure and excruciatingly cute. Then Luke came along, a child like a jewel, the proof and seal of their fusion.

Stay sharp. ’’ And out there was where his sermon promptly headed. The court system was a lie, he said, falsely legalizing queer sex and gun control. —when he knew God turned it loose at the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta. His voice began rising. The Catholic Church was a lie, nothing but witchcraft. Latin was a lie. Yup, Latin, a pagan tongue, supposed to be a dead language—but it wasn’t dead; it’s been kept alive as . . what? As the language of law, and science, and the Mass, and sorcery.

Nobody . ’’ Wyoming paused. ‘‘Except the Remnant. ’’ He raised the Bible above his head. ‘‘It’s all in here. ’’ ‘‘Tribulation is what’s coming. ’’ The congregation held still, waiting to hear how horrible. They looked like roller-coaster passengers preparing for the first heart-stopping drop down the rails. Wyoming flipped to a new scripture passage. ‘‘ ‘Behold, a pale horse, and its rider’s name was Death . . ’ ’’ Here we went. He had taken his time getting to the last book of the Bible, but he had to save the biggie for the end: Revelation, the zealot’s favorite thrill ride.

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