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Death of a Stranger

Death of a Stranger
Death of a Stranger

For the prostitutes of Leather Lane, nurse Hester Monk’s clinic is a lifeline, providing medicine, food and a modicum of peace. However, the mysterious death of Railway magnate Nolan Baltimore in a sleazy neighbourhood brothel overshadows all else. Meanwhile Monk acquires a new client, who asks him to ascertain whether her fiancé, an executive in Baltimore’s railway firm, has become enmeshed in fraudulent practices that could ruin him. As Monk views the last railway tracks of a new line being laid, his past comes back to haunt him and warn him of a new tragedy about to unfold....

  • "Perry has written another compelling story of greed, cunning, and passion, featuring characters that readers have come to know and love. Highly recommended." Library Journal,
  • "At last… the secrets of Monk’s past are dramatically revealed and the mystery of his identity conclusively resolved. After holding out for so long on this tantalizing puzzle, Perry might have made it the sole focus of her story. Instead, she draws out the suspense with a parallel plot… As thoroughly as Perry has covered this territory, her descriptions of these miserable streets and their wretched inhabitants still have the power to shock, as do her own unsentimental views on the appalling price of progress during the industrial age. Monk is not alone in his journey to enlightenment." New York Times Book Review,
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