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:
‘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
‘Bradshaw is an engaging heroine, full of self-doubt and contradiction, but whose caustic wit gleams through the grim murder inquiry.’ Daily Mail
‘Winning prose, sympathetic characters and an appreciation of life’s joys as keen as a knowledge of its dangers.’ Wall Street Journal
‘I loved it … Persons Unknown is like walking on quicksand, for reader and detective alike’ VAL MCDERMID
‘A smart and funny rumination on motherhood.’ The 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
‘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