I recently read a fiction book about a British person who woke up in a hotel room looking like a completely different person. He was drugged and given plastic surgery so that he would resemble a scientist that was working on a super weapon. It's a very good book but for the life of me I can't figure out what this book is or find a copy. I thought it was called "Tightrope walkers" or some variation but googling the name gives me a completely different book. Does anyone know what this book is called?

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    – Skooba
    Oct 24, 2018 at 15:03
  • Thank you. Unfortunately I am unsure about these details. I read the book last winter, it was on a "take a book, leave a book" rack at a hotel, so I am assuming it is not new. If I was to take a guess, I would say it was published in the 90's or earlier. Oct 24, 2018 at 15:18

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The Tightrope Men by Desmond Bagley

Giles Denison's life is turned upside down when he awakes to find himself in a luxurious hotel in Oslo and, peering into the bathroom mirror, discovers the face of another man! He has been kidnapped from his flat in London and transformed into famous Finnish scientist, Dr Harold Feltham Meyrick. Compelled to adjust to his new persona (including meeting his daughter) and to play out the role assigned to him by his captors, he embarks on a dangerous escapade from Norway to Finland and across the border into Soviet Russia.

  • Wow, Thank you. That is the one! Oct 24, 2018 at 20:15

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