Retail pak Random House Audio 2000
CS ISBN 0553527614 $25.00 Three cassettes
In London in 1861, British gun manufacturer Daniel Alberton is approached by representatives of both sides of the US Civil War and asked to sell hundreds of guns to one or the other. When Alberton is found murdered, suspicion falls on the Northerner, who also has a relationship with Albertson's daughter. Narrator Simon Jones creates a complex tapestry of unique accents--from London's refined and Cockney variations to Union crispness and Confederate drawl. Female characters fare less well, though his careful coloring of protagonist Inspector Monk is essential in clarifying the puzzling conflicts in Perry's fast-paced story. Jones excels at the controlled but tension-filled dialogue of the courtroom interrogations. R.F.W. © AudioFile 2001, Portland, Maine [Published: APR/MAY 01]
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