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Death of a Stranger Mass Market Paperback – August 26, 2003
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“Perry can write a Victorian mystery that would make Dickens’s eyes pop.”
–The New York Times Book Review
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DEATH OF A STRANGER
For the prostitutes of Leather Lane, nurse Hester Monks clinic is a lifeline, providing medicine, food, and a modicum of peaceespecially 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 everyones 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 Baltimores 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 amnesiaas a past almost impossible to bear returns, eerily paralleling a fresh tragedy that has already begun its inexorable unfolding.
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- Publisher : Ballantine (August 26, 2003)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 352 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0345440064
- ISBN-13 : 978-0345440068
- Item Weight : 6.4 ounces
- Dimensions : 3.78 x 0.96 x 6.65 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #596,353 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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It has been interesting to see Monk slowly change from the abrasive, arrogant man he was at the beginning of the series to the man with much greater understanding and compassion - without altering his personality beyond recognition. This is partly due to the fact that he has discovered his soul-mate in Hester, who he loves without bounds, and partly to his own acceptance that he prefers the man he is becoming to the man he was, prior to his memory loss.
I also find the Monk's relationship believable - they are both working, have external influences which affect their moods and beliefs, and are not always able to discuss it with each other. Like many couples, they don't falter in their love for one another, but cannot always bring themselves to discuss issues which would clear up a lot of anxiety if they shared their concerns.
I will certainly continue with this series