As dusk falls a young man staggers through a park, far from home, bleeding heavily 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. Her first novel, Homecoming – described as 'truly exceptional' by the Observer – was published by Faber & Faber in 2013. She lives in London with her husband and two children.
Praise for PERSONS UNKNOWN:
‘I loved it … Persons Unknown is like walking on quicksand, for reader and detective alike’ VAL MCDERMID
‘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
‘Missing, Presumed was one of the best crime novels I’ve read in years – Persons Unknown is even better. Susie Steiner writes so brilliantly, creating characters who take possession of your mind and your heart. This is a compelling, gripping novel, a superb continuation of a series that is taking crime fiction into new and exciting territory’ JANE CASEY, author of Let The Dead Speak
‘The best new crime series in years’ SARAH PERRY
‘Superb storytelling – a joy to read. I am hooked on Manon Bradshaw’ RENEE KNIGHT, author of Disclaimer
‘Stylish, literary fiction at its very best’ PETER JAMES
‘It’s even better than Missing, Presumed. It’s ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT. It’s the best thing I’ve read in months and months. So intelligent about men and women and children, and love or the lack of it, and about LIFE…. and the writing!’ INDIA KNIGHT
‘A second adventure that 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
‘Rarely are crime novels this well written, witty and wonderful. I would be very happy with a new Susie Steiner novel every month’ Red
‘Gripped me to the end’ CHARLOTTE MENDELSON