The Naked Face

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The Naked Face is the first novel (1970) written by Sidney Sheldon. It was nominated by the Mystery Writers of America for the Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best First Novel by an American Author.

In 1983 the novel was adapted as a film directed by Bryan Forbes, starring Roger Moore and Rod Steiger.

The Naked Face
First edition cover
with quote from Irving Wallace
Author Sidney Sheldon
Genre Thriller
Publisher William Morrow
Publication date
Pages 320
ISBN 0-446-34191-6
OCLC 10358523

Plot summary[edit]

Dr. Judd Stevens, M.D., is a caring and successful Manhattan psychoanalyst who must face a horrific prospect; someone is trying to kill him. First, John Hanson, a patient trying to overcome his homosexuality, is brutally murdered, perhaps because he was mistaken for Stevens. Not long after, Carol Roberts, Stevens' secretary, is also found murdered. The police, partly due to anger with Stevens' testimony in a previous case, are quick to treat Stevens as the prime suspect. To prove his innocence and track down the real killer, Stevens hires a private investigator by the name of Norman Z. Moody. Before the case is done, Stevens will have to risk life and limb, psychoanalize possible suspects and fall in love with a mysterious patient named Annie DeMarco.


Preceded by
Sidney Sheldon Novels
Succeeded by
The Other Side of Midnight