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Ein schockierender Mord an einer jungen Frau. Die Spur führt in Londons höchste Regierungskreise London 1867. Inspector William Monk soll die Ermittlungen in einem schockierenden Mordfall übernehmen: im Wasser der Themse wurde eine entstellte Frauenleiche gefunden. Die Tote: Zenia Gadney, eine Gelegenheitsprostituierte, die allein und sehr zurückgezogen lebte. Regelmäßig jedoch erhielt sie Besuch von einem eleganten älteren Herren. Leider lässt sich der Besagte nicht mehr befragen – unlängst hat Dr. Joel Lambourn Selbstmord begangen. Oder war es Mord? Denn Lambourn hat als renommierter Wissenschaftler im Regierungsauftrag das Betäubungsmittel Opium erforscht. Und seine Ergebnisse waren bahnbrechend und äußerst brisant ...
Can Monk uncover the truth behind a deadly opium conspiracy? 1864 and on the bank of the Thames, Monk is appalled at the shocking mutilation visited upon the body of a woman found on Limehouse Pier. But when enquiries into the brutal killing unearth a connection between the victim and Dr Lambourn, a brilliant, recently deceased scientist and staunch supporter for a new pharmaceutical bill aimed to regulate the sale of opium, it becomes clear that not all is as it seems. Lambourn's widow refuses to believe the official verdict that her husband's death was suicide; she is convinced that he was murdered after the research he was conducting was discredited by government officials intent on keeping the lucrative trade of opium flowing. With pressure mounting for the river police to find the Limehouse killer, Monk is propelled headlong into an investigation that will delve into the darkest depths of the opium trade and threaten to expose corruption in the very highest echelons of society . . .
A post-apocalyptic novel about a planeload of people during and after a short nuclear war, set in a near-future world where the USA is critically short of oil.
"Down to a Sunless Sea" plunges the reader into uncomfortable situations and into the minds of troubled characters. Each selection is a different reading experience-poetic, journalistic, nostalgic, wryly humorous, and even macabre. An award-winning essayist and historical novelist, Mathias B. Freese brings the weight of his twenty-five years as a clinical social worker and psychotherapist into play as he demonstrates a vivid understanding of-and compassion toward-the deviant and damaged.
Included in this volume are the stories "Bel Ami," "The Madman," "The Homecoming," and "Happiness."
Monk discovers a shocking truth while investigating the murder of a high-end prostitute with ties to an opium-dispensing doctor's widow.

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