“The Man with no Face,” set in 1979, is a story of political dissatisfaction, corruption, and assassination. It was recently re-released with a few updates, but is just as relevant today as it was then. May’s characters are detailed and sometimes frighteningly realistic. Kale is competent killer cold, efficient, and deadly. He needs money and this “one” will bring in money. People will look back on this day as the day it all began, and nothing will ever be quite the same again.
Readers are dropped right into the setting of events by comprehensive descriptions. “A massive building shaped like a star if viewed from above, towering over the city skyline, great walls of windows curving inwards. The outer wall of each office was glass from floor to ceiling so that looking in from the outside you felt that half the building had been cut away. Like a half-demolished tenement and you had a private view into every room or office where people worked. “
May storytelling shines in “The Man with no Face,” and each chapter ends with a “carrot” about future events. A reader is compelled to turn just one more page and then suddenly has read the whole book.