The Face of a Stranger

The Face of a Stranger

The Face of a Stranger
The Face of a Stranger:   First of all,  this book rests against the backdrop of Victorian London.
With its lords and lady dowagers.
Also, with its pickpockets, usurers, and street sweepers.
Anne Perry has created here,  a fast-paced detective story,  with an intriguing premise.

William Monk delves into the murder of Joscelin Grey.
Joscelin Grey,  is the youngest son of the wealthy and powerful Shelburne family.
Monk,  while investigating the murder of Grey,  comes closer and closer to uncovering his own identity.
Rather inexplicably,  the two events appear to be intimately related.

Hence,  what Monk learns about himself is not flattering.
Monk learns that he is a cold, ruthless, ambitious man,  with no friends or lovers.
He rose quickly through the ranks of the police department.  Probably,  for some people,  including his superior,  too quickly.

As a detective,  however,  he is superb.  Therefore,  Monk will now need all his old skills to solve the case.
If Monk fails,  he risks being demoted or even fired, with nothing but the workhouse ahead of him.
If Monk succeeds, he risks antagonizing the powerful and perhaps implicating himself.

Joscelin Grey,  by all accounts,  is a charming,  graceful,  attractive young man who was wounded serving his country in the Crimean War.   Yet, Grey was beaten to death, with a brutality,  that suggests it was no stranger who killed him.
Therefore, gambling debts,  blackmail,  business fraud,  adultery,  even sibling rivalry might have played a part.

Monk is thrown into the tempest,  with little more than his instincts to rely on.
As Monk begins to unravel the case.
Most noteworthy,  is that Monk is troubled by violent nightmares and flashes of memory.
These suggest complicity in the murder.

The plot is a historically accurate depiction of nineteenth century England.
Therefore,  it has many social and political problems.  Some being the poverty that fosters crime .
Another,  the lack of social services that would provide a safety net.
Anne Perry has written a riveting detective story here.
In addition,  this is also one that serves as a history lesson on nineteenth century England.

About the Author – Anne Perry
Anne Perry was born 28 October 1938 as Juliet Marion Hulme,  in Blackheath, London.
The daughter of physicist Dr. Henry Rainsford Hulme.

Anne Perry is an English author of historical detective fiction.
Anne Perry is best known for her Thomas Pitt and William Monk series.

At the age of fifteen,  in 1954,  she was convicted for participating in the murder of her friend’s mother.
She changed her name after serving her five-year sentence.

 

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