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Persons Unknown: A Novel
By: Susie Steiner
List Price: $27.00
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(as of: 02/18/18)
Manufacturer: Random House
ISBN: 0812998340
Publication Date: 2017-07-04
Release Date 2017-07-04
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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.

“[Susie] Steiner populates this hot-button narrative with achingly human characters, but no one compares to the hormonal, mordantly funny mom-cop who will stop at nothing to save her son.”—People (Book of the Week)

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 twelve-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.

Praise for Persons Unknown

“A police procedural as concerned with the mysteries of human hearts as with who stabbed a banker to death at a park in Cambridgeshire. [Full of] winning prose, sympathetic characters and an appreciation of life’s joys as keen as a knowledge of its dangers.”The Wall Street Journal

“Susie Steiner blends the police procedural and the human drama perfectly.”The Charlotte Observer

“[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 (starred review)

“[An] engrossing stunner, incorporating social justice issues into the narrative, along with superb plotting, dark humor, and excellent characterizations.”Library Journal (starred review)

“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 (starred review)

Detective Inspector Manon Bradshaw has moved out of London and into the suburbs with her sister, Ellie, and their two sons, Fly and Solly. Adapting to their new locale hasn’t been as easy as they had hoped, and Manon’s son, Fly, especially misses his life in the city. But Manon and Ellie have a good relationship, supportive and without secrets – or so Manon might think.

The death of a high-flying financier, Jon-Oliver Ross, lets loose a series of events that will bring Manon and her family to the edge of collapse, and perhaps even further. Although she’s not allowed on the investigative team for the murder, Manon embarks on her own research when it becomes clear that this case has long, twisted tentacles that not only encompass her family, but squeeze it to the point of breaking. Manon is sure that the circumstances are not at all what her colleagues are assuming, but she’ll be out on a shaky limb trying to prove her theory without any real jurisdiction or responsibility for the case.

Persons Unknown is told from several different points of view, the parallel lines growing close and threatening to intersect, then moving along while maintaining a tension-inducing distance throughout. The changing perspectives drive the narrative forward at a breakneck pace, keeping the story taut while never missing a beat. Manon is conflicted and imperfect, which makes her even more interesting, and the back stories surrounding other narrators are equally compelling as the plot unfolds. Sometimes the people you think you know the best are the people you know the least, and this book is a perfect example of that theory. Persons Unknown is a true page-turner, a mystery lover’s dream of a vacation read, although the urge to stay up into the wee hours to finish it will be hard to resist. Don’t say you weren’t warned!

By: Joyce Greenfield, ReaderToReader.com

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