The Face of A Stranger

The Face of A Stranger

Book - 1991
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His name, they tell him, is William Monk, and he is a London police detective. But the accident that felled him has left him with only half a life: his memeory and his entire past have vanished. Trying as best he can to hide that fact, Monk returns to work and finds himself assigned to the brutal murder of Major the Honorable Joscelin Grey, Crimean war hero and popular man about town, in his rooms in fashionable Mecklenburg Square. Slowly the darkness begins to lighten as each new revelation leads Monk step by terrifying step to the answers he seeks but dreads to find. . .
Publisher: New York : Ivy Books, 1991, c1990
Edition: 1st Ballantine Books ed
ISBN: 9780804108584
Characteristics: 345 p. ; 18 cm


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Jun 05, 2017

A man awakes in hospital, without any idea of who he is or his past. A visitor tells him he's a police inspector; the visitor is his boss, and dislikes him. He's had an accident. When he returns to work, he's given a job he has no idea how to solve. A Crimean war hero has been murdered. Among those he meets is a woman who rubs him very much the wrong way, though he's attracted to her married sister. The abrasive woman was a nurse in the Crimea, and is able to help him solve the case. The amnesia isn't solved, though a few memories return. He does learn that he too is abrasive and doesn't like himself much. The is the first in a long series of mysteries that begin in Victorian London. Read them in order.

Mar 02, 2016

On my second reading I enjoyed this book even more. I have read every book in the Monk Series, the Pitt Series, and the other series Perry has written. I love the detail about 19th century London. More people should read Perry, even if only to know what sort of place Conservatives crave to return us to.

AuntJane Dec 29, 2013

I am new to Anne Perry novels (just read a Christmas novella which I enjoyed) and thought I would try her full length books and start at the beginning of the Monk series. I thought this was a great story, interesting characters and Ioved the historical details. I read it in one day curled up on the couch!

Oct 29, 2012

I've read all of Perry's other Victorian mystery series, the Thomas & Charlotte Pitt books, and loved them. Face of a Stranger is set slightly earlier, and with an entirely different set of characters. Our protagonist, Detective Monk, has had an accident resulting in complete amnesia, and thus has to solve not only his current case, but the mystery of who he is. I won't say more so I won't spoil anything, but definitely an engrossing story.

Dec 23, 2009

Great series of murder/mystery books with amnesiac Inspector William Monk as the protagonist. The series starts out just after the Crimean War in 1856. The works are historical fiction and are excellent in their descriptions of what war, the British courtroom, women's place in society, and the British healthcare system were like in Victorian England.


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