persons Unknown by Susie Steiner

Persons Unknown

Synopsis

Manon Bradshaw is back.

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.

DI Manon Bradshaw can’t help taking an interest these days she only handles cold cases, but the man died just yards from the police station where she works.

She’s horrified to discover that both victim and prime suspect are more closely linked to her than she could have imagined. And as the Cambridgeshire police force closes ranks against her, she is forced to contemplate the unthinkable.

How well does she know her loved ones, and are they capable of murder?

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Reviews

Guardian: Books of the Year 2017

‘[Steiner] solidified the promise of last year’s debut, Missing, Presumed, with another hyper-realistic police procedural’‘[Steiner] solidified the promise of last year’s debut, Missing, Presumed, with another hyper-realistic police procedural’

Sunday Express

‘Steiner has a quirky, evocative prose style that is often very funny and her novels are highly entertaining and full of memorable, well-rounded characters’

Daily Mail

‘Bradshaw is an engaging heroine, full of self-doubt and contradiction, but whose caustic wit gleams through the grim murder inquiry’  

Spring Chicken’s review

by Tony Gregory

Tony Gregory

Persons Unknown by Susie Steiner

From page one I was hooked

This is a cracking story.

It is much more than just a murder mystery waiting to be solved.

It revolves around a number of characters who have some connection, in various different ways, with a murder.

The main character is Manon Bradshaw, a police officer of whom we will surely learn more in later novels. Her job puts her on the fringe of this murder investigation but her personal life brings the investigation to her doorstep and, with it, anxiety and uncertainty.

The author lays out the aims of the main characters, how they are affected by events, and the conflicts of interest and prejudices that push the enquiry towards a miscarriage of justice. There is a demonstration of the strength of the Establishment and its ability to close ranks, all of which threatens an impartial approach to the pursuit of justice.

The author manages to portray in depth the nature and vested interests of the people involved whilst developing a plot which moves at a rapid pace towards its conclusion.

I found it compelling and await Susie Steiner’s next novel with impatient interest.

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