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Publisher's Summary

A powerful and prescient thriller from the million-selling author of I'll Keep You Safe, Coffin Road and The Blackhouse.

A reporter with no fear. 

Brussels, 1979. Jaded Edinburgh journalist Neil Bannerman arrives in the capital of European politics intent on digging up dirt. Yet it is danger he discovers when two British men are found murdered. 

A child with no father.

One victim is a journalist, the other a Cabinet Minister: the double assassination witnessed by the former's autistic daughter. This girl recalls every detail about her father's killer - except for one.  

The man with no face. 

With Brussels rocked by the tragedy, Bannerman is compelled to follow his instincts. He is now fighting to expose a murderous conspiracy, protect a helpless child and unmask a remorseless killer.  

©2018 Peter May (P)2019 Quercus Editions Limited

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  • Miss B. March
  • 17-01-19

Keeps you hanging right to the end

I have grown to admire and enjoy Peter May's work but this was the most fulfilling of all the books I have listened to so far. The grey chill of Brussels, the jostling of competitive reporters, the pressures of international politics and the concise descriptions of locations brought this story to life in my imagination. Peter Forbes is an excellent reader of Peter May's stories. Sometimes, you even forget he is there! Excellent.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 16-01-19

Great Read

I would definitively recommend this book, I was gripped from start to finish. Great characters, with plenty of twists and turns.

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  • Mrs. Madeleine Empson
  • 04-02-19

Such a good read!

This book was worth the wait, Peter May has lost none of his touch to convey the emotions and machinations of his characters. At times I felt frustration and anger toward Bannerman, but all the while knowing that his actions completely fitted with man he was. I do hope that there will be other books continuing his story alongside that of his journalistic investigations.

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  • CMH
  • 30-01-19

Another wonderful listen

Great duo - Peter May’s literary skills combined with Peter Forbes narration, I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book. A revision of an earlier novel which is set in Europe rather than in Scotland but with the main character being Scottish. It’s an easy to listen to, good thriller. Highly recommended.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 22-02-19

Last Peter May book I will read

Well it’s the end of the road for me and Peter May. I’ve read every book and I really think he should of stopped after Lewis Trilogy. This should definitely not have been resurrected. Peter Forbes unfortunately sounds like Enzo throughout this! The story is very lame. The main character has very few redeeming features and I just can’t agree that the glowing reviews here. Sorry Mr May the end of the line for me!! Pretty awful.

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  • Helen
  • 06-06-19

Disappointed

I'm sorry to say I'm completely at odds with previous reviewers. This is a reissue of an early book and, for me, it really shows. I'm giving up at chapter 12 because I don't particularly like the characters and not much has happened although a fair amount has been telegraphed. The frequent changes of point-of-view are clunky and distracting. Occasionally there is a beautifully turned phrase that hints at the master author May will become but it is not enough to make me want to persevere. The narration is as good as ever but the material just isn't up to it. I've loved so many of Peter May's books and I'll still be looking forward to the next one despite my disappointment this time round.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 19-01-19

Another excellent tale.

Well done Peter - thoroughly enjoyed The Man With No Face. Await the next book. Excellent narration by Peter Forbes.

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  • Swords and Spectres
  • 20-05-20

Interesting rather than thrilling

The fact that this book was originally written in the 70s (I think it was 70s) in a time when the internet wasn't a thing and if you wanted to get information you needed to do actual leg work, was what drew me in to buying this. It had been a long time since I read a thriller and the fact that this had assassinations, a journalist seeking the truth when the police were saying there was no case, and the mystery of a murderer seen only by an autistic child who didn't speak, intrigued me. Sadly, the mystery was gone pretty much straight away as the assassin is a POV character. I also felt that things came a little too easy to Bannerman, the journalist. He's also not that likeable a guy and, despite that, women seen drawn to him. Just something about him rubbed me the wrong way. Not the greatest choice for a main character if you want your audience to get behind him. I also don't feel, at any point, this could be classed as 'thrilling'. It was interesting, exciting (in places), but never thrilling. It's not the longest of books and, despite that, takes a slowburn approach to the story. A story that leads to an ending that just left me feeling pretty underwhelmed. I'm making this sound far worse than it is. Its good, but its just not great. At no point did I particularly feel anything for the characters that had me routing for them. I also feel that it could have probably been condensed into a novella-length work and not really have lost anything. I've seen people say this is a 'good starting point' for people who want to read Peter May's work. I can tell from this that he's a good writer, but I can also tell he is going to have a lot better stuff out there. Certainly wish I'd had perhaps tried something different as my starting point. That being said, it wasn't a bad listen. The narrator was good and I felt his voices were different enough to give a clear image of the characters he was portraying. It was also only £1.99 as part of the Audible Daily Deal, so I can hardly complain too much.

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  • Patricia
  • 15-01-19

Writing this with tears in my eyes

Peter May does it again! Good story. Good narration. Good relevance to present day goings on.Truly a timeless tale involving corruption,life,death, love and hatred. Well done Mr May.

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  • Linda
  • 02-02-19

Well worth republishing

This is an early Peter May and the central character I felt was probably a forerunner of Enzo. Thoroughly good thriller with excellent characters. As always a delight to listen to a good Peter May tale well read by Peter Forbes.

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  • Angela
  • 20-01-19

Early Peter May A Winner

I was a bit worried that this early book wouldn’t be as good as more recent work but decided to trust May’s own judgement. I wasn’t disappointed. That evocative style of writing was evident as always. A central character who is flawed and not easy to like but whose tale still draws you in and keeps you enthralled to the end. Thoroughly enjoyable

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  • M.
  • 30-01-19

A writer who improved with time

As a recent release of one of Mays original publications, it is obvious his writing skills got better over time.... I found this a bit of round and round story trying to find its conclusion. But the literary skills of May and the narration of Forbes Still held me til the end

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-05-20

The Man With No Face

Definately 14 out of 10 great read. suspense snd determjnation all the say through. definately recommend

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 17-04-20

Extremely good

Really enjoyed this book from start to finish found it hard to stop listening especially when trying to sleep. loved the story line and excellent narration. a must read.

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  • Karlene in Nz
  • 25-02-20

Early work. Skip this & go to his better stuff

Audible is making it hard to return this book. So much for their touted policy cy of one click returns.

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  • kamalesh
  • 04-01-20

interesting mystery

superbly performed, solid and interesting enough mystery story with political and gentle romantic element and heart-opening effect of an autistic child

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  • R James A
  • 29-04-19

not a bad book

hard start.complex in the middle a nice conclusion though.well read. a little confusing with some of the characters.

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  • DebManning
  • 21-04-19

ok!

found it hard to get into this one . Didn't enjoy as much as previous listens. it waffled on a bit to much.