A Sudden, Fearful Death

A Sudden, Fearful Death

Book - 1993
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Prudence Barrymore, a talented nurse who had worked with Florence Nightingale in the Crimea, is found strangled to death in a London hospital. Private inquiry agent William Monk is engaged to investigate this horrific crime. Gradually, Monk assembles the portrait of a remarkable woman. Yet he also discerns the shadow of a tragic evil and a frightening glimmer of his own eclipsed past . . .
Publisher: New York : Fawcett Columbine, 1993.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780449906378
044990637X
Characteristics: 383 p. ;,25 cm.

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DorisWaggoner
Sep 22, 2017

At first there appear to be two unrelated plots. In the first, Monk is hired to find the man who molested an unmarried young woman; in the second, one of Florence Nightingale's "angels of mercy" in the Crimean War, is strangled as she works in a London Hospital. Yet the cases are related, and solving one helps solve the other. Hester, another Crimean nurse who knew the strangled nurse in the war, goes to work in the hospital to find evidence, putting herself in danger. Monk, as he often does, stumbles on moral and ethical issues important in the Victorian era. They often enrage him, motivate him to search, at some danger to himself, for the solution to the crime, and show him a glimpse of who he was before his accident stole his memory.

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