the man with no face
Published in the UK by Piatkus Books (1981), and as "The
Man With No Face" in the USA by St. Martin's Press.
There are two men on their way to Brussels
from the UK: Neil Bannerman, an iconoclastic journalist on Scotland's
Daily Standard whose irate editor wants him out of the
way, and Kale - a professional assassin.
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Expecting to find only a difficult, dreary political investigation
in Belgium, Bannerman has barely settled in when tragedy strikes.
His host, a fellow journalist, along with a British Cabinet Minister,
are discovered dead in the Minister's elegant Brussels townhouse.
Apparently they have shot each other. But the dead journalist's
young autistic daughter, Tania, was hidden in a closet during
the killings, and when she draws a chilling picture of a third
party - a man with no face - Bannerman suddenly finds himself
a reluctant participant in a desperate murder investigation.
As the facts slowly begin to emerge under Bannerman's scrutiny,
he comes to suspect that the shootings may have a deep and foul
link with the rotten politics that brought him to Brussels in
the first place. And as Kale threatens to strike again, Bannerman
begins to feel a change within himself. His jaded professionalism
is combining with a growing concern for the lonely and frightened
Tania, and a strong attraction for a courageous woman called
Sally, to draw him out of himself and into the very heart of
a profound, cold-blooded, and infinitely dangerous conspiracy.