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The Face of a Stranger: The First William Monk Novel
 
 
Author
Anne Perry.
Publisher Ballantine  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 8 x 5.2 x 0.75 inches
ISBN 9780345513557
Pages/Publication Date 345/2008
Daedalus Item Code 31271
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Inaugurating the memorable series of Victorian detective mysteries featuring William Monk, Edgar Award winner Anne Perry's 1990 novel introduces a brilliant and indefatigable investigator who nonetheless must cope with having lost his memory and his past.

"Readers are immediately immersed into the Victorian world of William Monk as he awakens from a coma in a squalid London hospital. Leaving in a semi-amnesic state, he finds his flat through a receipt in his pocket. Gradually, as he begins to solve a much-publicized murder case, Monk's established abilities as an investigator are renewed. As he unravels the case, he also comes to know his own past. Perry leads readers to the solutions of the two mysteries with a fine, comfortable style."School Library Journal

"Branching out from her popular Victorian London sleuthing team, Inspector Thomas Pitt and his wife Charlotte, Perry introduces another exemplary "Peeler" (as in Bobby Peele, the first "bobby") ... in this period mystery with a pronounced and satisfying psychological dimension. After an accident in his carriage, Monk wakes up with no memory; ashamed to admit it, he bluffs his way through recovery and returns to work, where he is assigned a particularly tricky investigation of a young nobleman's brutal murder. While tracking the last affairs of Joscelin Grey, Monk traces his own history and dislikes what he turns up on both fronts. Uncovering unpleasant secrets within Grey's aristocratic family, he also finds his gradually revealed former self to have been ambitious, cold and perhaps cruel. Integral to Perry's rich, unpredictable plot is the Crimean War, graphically described by Hester Latterly, a forthright young woman of the middle class who nursed there with Florence Nightingale. While Monk's unwillingness to face directly the questions of his past is often a stumbling block, forbearing readers will be amply rewarded by Perry's resolutions of both mysteries."Publishers Weekly

 
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