Blind Justice by Anne Perry
A different sort of tale, an ethical study of the legal system; how letting a guilty man go free may be the “right” thing to do in the eyes of the law. A judge, a good friend of Hester and Monk, inherits pornographic photos. In them are prominent members of society in compromising positions with small boys. The power one could wield with these pictures is immense. And the judge gives one of these photos to the prosecution to use in a trial because he knows the accused is guilty and will get away with it otherwise. Now the judge is on trial…
Perry does a good job describing London of the time, and the legal system, and the audio narrator had recognizable accents for all the characters. It is a slow moving tale, but that goes with the times. Even though there are many books in the series prior to this one the author did a good job filling in the newcomer to the series without bogging the tale down with personal side stories or over-explaining the past of the characters.
I think I have put off reading Perry because I can’t separate the author from her childhood crime. (Look up the movie Heavenly Creatures if you don’t know the story.) For fans of historical mysteries I think she is a must read.