Corridors of the Night

Corridors of the Night

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"[N]urse Hester Monk and her husband, William, commander of the Thames River Police, do desperate battle with two obsessed scientists who in the name of healing have turned to homicide. The monomaniacal Rand brothers--Magnus, a cunning doctor, and Hamilton, a genius chemist--are utterly ruthless in their pursuit of a cure for the fatal "white-blood disease." In London's Royal Naval Hospital annex, Hester is tending one of the brothers' dying patients--wealthy Bryson Radnor--when she stumbles upon three weak, terrified young children, and learns to her horror that they've been secretly purchased and imprisoned by the Rands for experimental purposes. But the Rand brothers are too close to a miracle cure to allow their experiments to be exposed. Before Hester can reveal the truth, she too becomes a prisoner. As Monk and his faithful friends--distinguished lawyer Oliver Rathbone and reformed brothel keeper Squeaky Robinson among them--scour London's grimy streets and the beautiful English countryside searching for her, Hester's time, as well as the children's, is quickly draining away" -- provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, 2015
ISBN: 9780553391381
0553391380
Branch Call Number: MYS PERRY-A
Characteristics: pages ; cm

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21221018293347
Dec 27, 2015

I agree with Granola72; a bit more background into blood transfusion experiments of the era would have been helpful. Another great story which mostly focuses on Hester. A great read.

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readerpat
Dec 06, 2015

I think this was one of Anne Parry's best books. Maybe because I used to be a nurse and am interested in medical things. Hester Monk is kidnapped and forced to help treat an obnoxious patient at the expense of three small children whose blood was taken for his treatment.

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granola72
Nov 05, 2015

I would have liked a bit of factual background on blood transfusion as an afterword. Did I miss it or was there no approximate date suggested in the story? I could look it up but Anne Perry usually does a good job in this regard. I'd like to have known because during WWI a Canadian pioneered the use of blood transfusions in the field that used stored blood.

(Staff) Elaine Bird Oct 26, 2015

Another great story about William Monk and Hester. This one is much more focused on Hester but all the usual suspects are involved. I found the medical plot very interesting. I didn't realized that Victorian medicine was as advanced as it was (although of course it was still pretty basic). Hester is a great character and I thoroughly enjoyed this addition to the series.

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abutman
Aug 13, 2015

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