Death of A Stranger

Death of A Stranger

Book - 2002 | First edition
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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 fiancT, 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.

Blackwell North Amer
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 fiance, 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 reponsible 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 parelleling a fresh tragedy that has already begun its inexorable unfolding.

& 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: 9780345440051
Branch Call Number: MYS Perry, A 400.13 2002
Characteristics: 337 pages ; 25 cm


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Jan 14, 2018

The murder of a prominent railway magnate in a brothel near Hester's home for ill and injured street women causes multiple problems when the police are unable to solve the case. Constables are posted on every street corner in the red light district, and business slows. The trickle of women who do come to Hester's shelter, however, tend to be more severely injured. Meanwhile, an attractive, mysterious woman comes to Monk as a client. She's engaged to a man in the railway business, but has overheard things that make her fear that her fiance is involved in fraud. Much as she loves the man, she wants to be sure he's on the up and up before she puts her life in his hands. Monk takes the case, and as often happens in this series, his case and Hester's ultimately converge, in a most astounding way.

Jun 11, 2010

Wow! Labyrinthine with several surprises.


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