In this brilliant crime novel from the author of Missing, Presumed, a detective investigates her most personal case yet: a high-profile murder in which her own family falls under suspicion.
As dusk falls, a young man staggers through a park, far from home, bleeding from a stab wound. He dies where he falls, cradled by a stranger, a woman's name on his lips in his last seconds of life.
Detective Manon Bradshaw handles only cold cases. Five months pregnant, in pursuit of a work-life balance rather than romantic love, she's focused on being a good mother to her two children: her adopted 12-year-old son, Fly Dent, and the new baby.
But the man died just yards from the police station where she works, so Manon can't help taking an interest. And as she sidles in on the briefing she learns that the victim, a banker from London worth millions, is more closely linked to her than she could have imagined. When the case begins to circle in on Manon's home and her family, she finds herself pitted against the colleagues she once held dear: Davy Walker and Harriet Harper.
Can Manon separate what she knows about the people she loves from the suspicion hanging over them? Can she investigate the evidence just as she would with any other case? Persons Unknown shows acclaimed author Susie Steiner writing her most intricate, suspenseful novel yet.
"[Steiner] has created a masterful mystery within an engaging narrative perfect for Kate Atkinson fans. Readers will be astonished by the unexpected turns at the conclusion, which will leave fans eagerly awaiting the next book. This series needs to be snapped up by the BBC or PBS." (Booklist)
"Steiner grapples with serious social justice issues in a darkly humorous crime novel not to be missed." (Publishers Weekly)
"Strikes all the right notes - layered mystery, incisive cultural context, and a delightful protagonist who deserves a place alongside other beloved literary detectives." (Kirkus Reviews)
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Truly great storytelling
- Julia Falk
I dont read printed books anymore due to headaches.
Manon. Down to earth, relatable , a very realistic character.
She is one hell of an actress. She is spot on with amazing voices and makes this book absolutely lyrical. These are two rare books where author and reader come together perfectly.
Yes, i had a range of emotions. It made me laugh and cry.
Get this book. If there are negative reviews im not sure what they could possibly be. I think nowadays people cannot sit still without nonstop action. This is not that kind of book. This is a book to be apppreciated like a good meal. Susan Steiner can write. She is not just a good storyteller, she knows how to write. After each of these books they left me unable to get into another book until i could forget them. Thats hard to do....they really stayed with me. These books are most certainly mysteries, but they are also slice of life books. The characters and their stories will stay with you.