Signed Edition – The Man With No Face by Peter May

A My Chronicle Book Box review: Signed Edition - The Man With No Face by Peter May

This is another great thriller from Scottish crime writer Peter May, set primarily in Brussels in 1979 jaded journalist Neil Bannerman finds himself embroiled in political intrigue, protecting a vulnerable child and investigating assassination. Having a Signed Edition - The Man With No Face by Peter May makes this so much more special.

This book was included in our May 2019 Crime & Mystery box.

Read on for the full My Chronicle Book Box review...

My Chronicle Book Box Review: Signed Edition - The Man With No Face by Peter May - Louise's thoughts...

Interestingly, this book is not just set in 1979 but was actually written at this time. This gives it a slightly different feel from modern books set in the past where comparisons with modern culture are inevitable. It reflects the culture of the time and shows that European political issues are nothing new.

I'm a big fan of Peter May and his Scottish Islands set novels in particular. This is a little different from some of his other work and is not part of any of his other series. Today's political climate inspired the revising and publishing of this novel set amidst the political tension and wranglings in Brussels in 1979. It is a time before mobile phones, the internet and many of the sophisticated forensic techniques we take for granted but the pace of the book is still fast and kept me turning the pages past my bedtime.

It begins when a visit to Brussels for jaded Edinburgh Post journalist Neil Bannerman takes a darker turn when the fellow journalist he is lodging with is killed. Neil thinks there is more to it than the Belgian police would like everyone to believe and is drawn to investigate. As the only witness to the crime is Tania the autistic daughter of the dead journalist who is unable to communicate verbally there are few clues to go on and a vulnerable child to protect.

The representation of autism reflects the knowledge and understanding of the time yet the connection the Neil develops with Tania is genuine and touching.

If you are looking for a thriller with some political intrigue then you must read this especially if you are already a fan of Peter May. You can order a signed edition as part of our last crime & mystery box:

My Chronicle Book Box May 2019 Crime and Mystery Box Product

Publisher: Quercus
Publication date: 10 January 2019

Publisher Synopsis:



Jaded Edinburgh journalist Neil Bannerman is sent to Brussels, intent on digging up dirt. Yet it is danger he discovers, when two British men are found murdered.


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.


With the city 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.

Hi, I'm Louise the founder of My Chronicle Book Box and I hope you have enjoyed reading my blog post.

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