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Missing, Presumed: A Novel Paperback – February 7, 2017
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“Smart, stylish . . . Manon is portrayed with an irresistible blend of sympathy and snark. By the time she hits bottom, professionally and privately, we’re entirely caught up in her story.”—The New York Times Book Review
“Nuanced suspense that’s perfect for Kate Atkinson fans.”—People
“[A] wonderfully written novel . . . [Susie] Steiner tells her well-populated and surprise-filled story in the present tense and from five different points of view, including that of the missing student’s mother. The author gets inside the minds and lives of her book’s socially disparate personalities with the grace of a novelist of manners, even as she pulls tight the strands of one of the most ambitious police procedurals of the year. Detective Bradshaw’s biting wit is a bonus.”—The Wall Street Journal
“You might come to Missing, Presumed for the police procedural; you’ll stay for the layered, authentic characters that Steiner brings to life.”—Bethanne Patrick, NPR
“Missing, Presumed has future BBC miniseries written all over it.”—Redbook
“Drenched in character and setting, with pinpoint detail that breathes life and color into every sentence.”—The News & Observer
“A new and complex police heroine . . . a highly charismatic and engaging story.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“This combination of police procedural and an unfolding family drama that continuously twists and turns will work well for fans of Kate Atkinson and Tana French.”—Booklist
“Dazzling . . . Missing, Presumed is an extraordinarily assured police procedural in the tradition of Ruth Rendell and Elizabeth George—the surprises continue to the last page as Susie Steiner blasts expectations and assumptions to dig deep into questions of trust, betrayal, class, and family bonds.”—Joseph Finder, author of The Fixer
“A vein of dark humor pulses beneath this compelling whodunit with an appealing, complicated heroine at its center.”—Publishers Weekly
“Where Steiner excels is in the depth and clarity with which she depicts her characters. . . . It all adds up to a world that feels much bigger than the novel in which it is contained.”—The Guardian
“Missing, Presumed is fast-paced, twisty and full of realistic characters and scenarios. With any luck Detective Bradshaw will be back in future instalments, since she is a quirky, likable character, capable of carrying a series.”—Vancouver Sun
“Detective Sergeant Manon Bradshaw is appealing, multifaceted, and unforgettable. She charges through Missing, Presumed with twin goals—to find the body, and to find durable love. The resolution of this gripping novel astonishes, and leaves a long afterglow.”—Amity Gaige, author of Schroder
“Manon Bradshaw is a messed-up, big-hearted detective in the best tradition.”—Harriet Lane, author of Her
“Missing, Presumed hits the sweet spot between literary and crime fiction. The plot is thrilling, with a twist that knocked me sideways, swiftly followed by another one that knocked me back in the other direction. More than that, the characters became dear friends of mine over the course of the book. I’m already looking forward to the next one.”—Erin Kelly, author of Broadchurch
“Missing, Presumed is a gripping, suspenseful, gratifyingly unpredictable detective novel, with enough plot twists to satisfy fans of the genre. But it’s also a beautifully written reflection on loneliness, and that’s what will stay with you long after you’ve turned the last page. I hope we’ll see more of Susie Steiner’s prickly, all-too-human DS Manon Bradshaw!”—Maggie Mitchell, author of Pretty Is
“Within a chapter, DS Manon Bradshaw announces herself as a detective to follow through books and books to come. Here’s a treat for those who love their crime fiction rich in psychology, beautifully written, and laced with dark humor. Dive in.”—Lucie Whitehouse, author of Before We Met
“A complex, gripping read . . . The mystery behind Edith Hind’s disappearance is filled to the hilt with provocative breadcrumbs, making for a page-turning literary crime novel that is nicely balanced by the all-too-relatable human foibles of lonely DS Manon Bradshaw.”—Suzanne Rindell, author of The Other Typist
“There is a secret pulsing at the heart of this police procedural–slash–family thriller, and it isn’t only the truth about where beautiful young Edith Hind has gone. In heroine Manon Bradshaw, readers will find a character so real she bleeds. As Manon exposes the mystery behind Edith’s disappearance, she also reveals the truth about her own loneliness and life. Best of all, perhaps, in both women’s redemption, we discover the potential for our own.”—Jenny Milchman, author of Cover of Snow
From the Hardcover edition.
About the Author
Susie Steiner is a former Guardian journalist. She was a commissioning editor for that paper for eleven years and prior to that worked for The Times, The Daily Telegraph, and the Evening Standard. She lives in London with her husband and two children.
From the Hardcover edition.
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A young Cambridge graduate student has gone missing. Her boyfriend found the door to their home open, blood streaked on the wall, and all the coats layng on the floor. This is Manon's case, along with her partner, Davy, and her Detective Inspector Harriet. Thus begins the investigation into a very long and involved case of looking for Edith Hinds.
What I really liked about this book, is that the story is told from differing perspectives of all of the involved characters. Manon gets the most narration, but Mariam, Edith's mom,
; Davy, Manon's partner; and Helena, Edith's good friend all tell their stories. This is as much a novel about the characters as well as the disappearance of Edith Hind. We get to know them well, and we get to see how Manon's mind works, and how she goes about taking the clues and solving cases. Not everything is fun and games, a lot of personal issues, and family dysfunctions come to the fore. This book is anything but a straight forward mystery. It is full of life, and gives us a look into the world of police work outside of London.
The author, Susie Steiner, is a journalist and worked for the Guardian. She has a journalist's mind, and the detail in this novel is exacting and very well done. We get to know the characters through the kind of detail that is present, and the precise words needed for each sentence. This novel was a pleasure to read, and I look forward to more if DS Bradshaw.
Recommended. prisrob 11-13-16
Manon Bradshaw is a hot mess. She’s 39, single and pathetically desperate to meet a man – any man. She wants a husband and children and she feels like time is running out. Her personal life may be a shambles, but Manon is a shrewd detective and displays confidence and cunning in her professional life.
A pretty and privileged Cambridge University grad student is reported missing. All signs point to foul play in the disappearance of Edith Hind. As Manon picks her way thru the sparse clues and dubious alibis, one thing becomes crystal clear: Edith Hind is an enigma, and the fallout from this case will be devastating.
Oh my – where to start with Manon? She is a brutally flawed character. She drinks too much and embarrasses herself; her clinginess and neediness made me cringe. On the other hand she’s smart and determined when it comes to solving crimes. I was fascinated by the juxtaposition of her private and professional lives; I found it realistic, if a bit unsettling. So my reactions to Manon were all over the place – I was embarrassed for her, felt sorry for her, admired her and wanted to shake some sense into her.
The storyline is multi-layered, well thought out and smartly executed. The characterization is excellent and the dialog is well done. There were plenty of surprises and the author kept me on my toes. I was thoroughly engrossed in this book and hated to put it down. I really enjoyed this book and can enthusiastically recommend it to readers of Crime Fiction who are looking for a unique (if frustrating) protagonist.
Manon's story continues in a second book, Persons Unknown: A Novel.
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