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Summary

The year is 1861. The American Civil War has just begun, and London arms dealer Daniel Alberton is becoming a very wealthy man. His quiet dinner party seems remote indeed from the passions rending America. Yet investigator William Monk and his bride, Hester, sense growing tensions and barely concealed violence. For two of the guests are Americans, each vying to buy Alberton’s armaments. Soon Monk and Hester’s forebodings are fulfilled as one member of the party is brutally murdered and two others disappear - along with Alberton’s entire inventory of weapons.

As Monk and Hester track the man they believe to be the murderer all the way to Washington, D.C., and the bloody battlefield at Manassas, Slaves of Obsession twists and turns like a powder-keg fuse and holds the reader breathless and spellbound.

©2012 Anne Perry (P)2012 Random House

Critic reviews

“When it comes to the Victorian murder mystery, no one can top Perry...this is one of her best." ( San Francisco Examiner)
“Luxuriant...It's E.M. Forster spliced with Thomas Harris.... Perry is a master.” ( The Baltimore Sun)
"Scenes are brilliantly etched.... [Perry is] the most adroit sleight-of-hand practitioner since Agatha Christie.”( Chicago Sun Times)

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  • Ann
  • 02-06-18

Abridged

I was desperate to listen to Monk rather than read so I listened (there’s a gap in available audiobooks in the series). This left me feeling empty. I got the gist, but I constantly felt like I was missing something, like when you leave the house and have forgotten your deodorant. The reader did wonderful work, the story is more of Anne Perry’s genius. But. Did I leave my stove on?

Now I have to decide if I will read the book to get what I lost.

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  • Carol
  • 30-09-14

Monk - Slaves of Obsession

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I love the Monk series. This one seemed to have a few plot holes and Monk seemed to jump to conclusions early on as if the story was put together quickly. However, the story develops well later on. I enjoyed it and would listen to it again.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 13-05-17

Slow it down

I listened at 90% speed, which slowed the story down to normal speech and made it easy to follow.

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  • judy wiley
  • 26-02-16

An all time low!

I was concerned when I listened to the sample and heard the narration. The other books in the series that I have listened to through Audible were narrated by Divina Porter. I think she could make the most ridiculous book sound like good to really good literature. Simon Jones narration of slaves of obsession makes the whole thing seem like a parody. If the book were any longer then five hours I would have sacrificed my credit to read the book rather than listen to it. But since it is so short I guess I can stand to listen to it for a little while longer. I imagine Simon Jones could do a good narration but he certainly hasn't done it with this book! And because it is narration it makes the story even less believable. Maybe that's why Divina Porter chose not to be the narrator for this book. Anyway I Think it is awful though I am on the number 12 because I've become obsessed about finishing the monk series. Question about every detail questions about capital find a trace America