Death of A Stranger

Death of A Stranger

A William Monk Novel

Book - 2002
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Few authors have written more mesmerizingly about Victorian London than Anne Perry. Readers enter her world with exquisite anticipation, and experience a rich variety of characters and class: aristocrats living in luxury, flower sellers on street corners, ladies of the evening seeking customers on gaslit streets, gentlemen in hansom cabs en route to erotic diversions unknown in their Mayfair mansions. Now Perry gives her myriad fans the book they’ve been waiting for—the novel in which William Monk breaks through the wall of amnesia and discovers at last who he once was.


For the prostitutes of Leather Lane, nurse Hester Monk’s clinic is a lifeline, providing medicine, food, and a modicum of peace—especially welcome since lately their ailments have escalated from bruises and fevers to broken bones and knife wounds. At the moment, however, the mysterious death of railway magnate Nolan Baltimore in a sleazy neighborhood brothel overshadows all else. Whether he fell or was pushed, the shocking question in everyone’s mind is: What was such a pillar of respectability doing in a seedy place of sin?

Meanwhile, brilliant private investigator William Monk acquires a new client, a mysterious beauty who asks him to ascertain beyond a shadow of a doubt whether or not her fiancé, an executive in Nolan Baltimore’s thriving railway firm, has become enmeshed in fraudulent practices that could ruin him.

As Hester ventures into violent streets to learn who is responsible for the brutal abuse of her patients, Monk embarks upon a journey into the English countryside, where the last rails are being laid for a new line. But the sight of tracks stretching into the distance revives memories once stripped from his consciousness by amnesia—as a past almost impossible to bear returns, eerily paralleling a fresh tragedy that has already begun its inexorable unfolding.

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Baker & Taylor
In the wake of the scandalous death of a railway tycoon in a brothel, private detective William Monk is hired by a mysterious new client who wants him to discover whether or not her fiancé, a railway firm executive, is embroiled in fraudulent practices, a case that brings Monk face-to-face with old memories of the past that had been stripped from his mind by amnesia. Reprint.

& Taylor

Private detective William Monk is hired by a mysterious client who wants him to discover whether or not her fiancâe, a railway firm executive, engages in fraudulent practices, a case that brings Monk face to face with his past.

Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, 2002
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780345440068
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY PERRY...A
Characteristics: 337 pages ; 24 cm


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Jun 11, 2010

Wow! Labyrinthine with several surprises.


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