Persons Unknown

Susie Steiner

ISBN
9780008123376
Pub date
05/04/2018
Binding
Price
£7.99

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SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER

‘I loved it … Persons Unknown is like walking on quicksand, for reader and detective alike’ VAL MCDERMID

Second literary thriller from bestselling author of MISSING, PRESUMED.

A brutal murder. A detective with no one left to trust.

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?

About the author


Susie Steiner began her writing career as a news reporter first on local papers, then on the Evening Standard, the Daily Telegraph and The Times. In 2001 she joined the Guardian, where she worked as a commissioning editor for 11 years. She lives in London with her husband and two children.

Reviews


Praise for PERSONS UNKNOWN:

‘I loved it … Persons Unknown is like walking on quicksand, for reader and detective alike’ VAL MCDERMID

‘I doubt I’ll read a better crime novel this year’ MARK BILLINGHAM

‘Stylish, literary crime fiction at its very best’ PETER JAMES

‘[Steiner] solidified the promise of last year’s debut, Missing, Presumed, with another hyper-realistic police procedural’ Guardian: Books of the Year 2017

‘Susie Steiner goes from strength to strength: Persons Unknown is by turns tense and tender, gripping and moving, and always beautifully written. I didn’t read this book so much as live it: DI Manon Bradshaw is so convincingly human that I often wonder what she’s up to now’ ERIN KELLY, author of He Said, She Said

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

‘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’ Sunday Express

‘Winning prose, sympathetic characters and an appreciation of life’s joys as keen as a knowledge of its dangers’ Wall Street Journal

‘A smart and funny rumination on motherhood’ New York Times

‘Strikingly modern…It is refreshing to see a detective grappling with real life dilemmas but they never get in the way of the plot, which is clever and original. A series to watch from a confident writer who draws even minor characters with care and sympathy’ Sunday Times

‘The best new crime series in years’ SARAH PERRY, author of The Essex Serpent

‘An ingeniously and extravagantly plotted, multi-voiced thrillride … wise and witty … beautifully written’ Irish Times

‘Superb storytelling – a joy to read. I am hooked on Manon Bradshaw’ RENEE KNIGHT, author of Disclaimer