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Persons Unknown: A Novel Hardcover – July 4, 2017
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“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 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)
“Susie Steiner blends the police procedural and the human drama perfectly.”—The Charlotte Observer
“In [her] stellar sequel to 2016’s Missing, Presumed . . . Steiner grapples with serious social justice issues in a darkly humorous crime novel not to be missed.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“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 (starred review)
“[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)
“With its multiple viewpoints, this follow-up to the acclaimed Missing, Presumed is another engrossing stunner, incorporating social justice issues into the narrative, along with superb plotting, dark humor, and excellent characterizations. Perfect for admirers of Kate Atkinson’s books.”—Library Journal (starred review)
“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, author of The Essex Serpent
“Superb storytelling—a joy to read. I am hooked on Manon Bradshaw.”—Renée Knight, author of Disclaimer
“Stylish, literary fiction at its very best.”—Peter James, author of the international bestselling Roy Grace crime series
About the Author
Susie Steiner is the author of Missing, Presumed. She was a commissioning editor for The Guardian 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 their two children.
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Detective Manon Bradshaw is 42 years old, single and very pregnant. She has moved from London to Cambridgeshire to give her 12 year old adopted son, Fly, a better chance at succeeding. While they were in London she feared that Fly was cavorting with a bad crowd and, given his brother's death and his mother's history of addiction, Manon wanted to help him while she had the chance. This move, however, is not what Fly wanted. He is being bullied at a school that is almost lily white and he feels out of step and alone in Cambridgeshire. On top of that, Manon is having another child. What could she want with him he thinks.
Manon and Fly live with Manon's sister Ellie and her son Solly. Fly loves Solly and is very good with him. However, it is not long before Fly is arrested as the main suspect in the knifing murder of Ellie's ex who is also Solly's father. Fly is unmoored and lashes out at Manon, feeling like it is her fault that she is in this predicament. On top of that, because of Manon's closeness to the case, she is asked to step aside and not participate in any aspect of the investigation.
The word 'no' is not enough to stop Manon and her love for Fly has no bounds. As she navigates the twists and turns of this squirrelly ride, she comes face to face with situations that not only puzzle her but have her questioning herself and her family. What she wants most is to win back Fly's love and trust but she is smart enough to realize that this takes time, not just determination. She asks herself repeatedly why she got pregnant, why she wanted another child when she already had Fly.
The psychological insight into the book's protagonists is excellent. I felt like I knew each and every one of them and what made them tick. There are no red herrings and every single loose end of this wonderful novel is tied up at the end. Steiner's first book 'Missing, Presumed, gives a background for this second novel in the series but is not a necessary prerequisite in order to read and love this second installment. It is rare that a mystery has the profound depths and insight as those shown in 'Persons Unknown'.
Mistakes come with heavy consequences as many of these characters will come to realize. Detective Manon Bradshaw is five months pregnant and working a desk job after her transfer from the Met. She is living with her adopted 12 year old son Fly, her sister Ellie and her 2 year old son Solly. Manon has asked for a transfer and is now working cold cases in order to move her family back to Cambridgeshire. Not wanting to “bring up a black boy in London” Manon hopes that Fly will have a better chance of a future, in the “UKIP heartlands.” Inevitably, when a wealthy banker from London, who happens to be Ellie’s ex-husband and Solly’s father, is found stabbed to death in a park near police headquarters, Manon’s family is front and center in the tailspin. Detective Sergeant Davy Walker, who was recently promoted, is in charge of the investigation and he misses not working with his mentor Manon. This is especially true, when the evidence against Fly begins to mount and those in authority are not anxious to explore other avenues…….Manon applies her considerable will and inexhaustible time in order to help her son and in the process gains a love interest who may be a keeper.
Persons Unknown is an intelligent and thought provoking novel. It alternates predominantly between the voices of Manon and Davy, with two other women characters needed to advance the mystery part of the story-line. The reader not only gets to see, but through the lyrical writing actually feel, what it is like to be inside of the characters’ heads. The utter exhaustion and guilt Manon feels, carrying the weight of her unborn child, trying desperately to find cracks in the case against Fly. Her guilt of alienating Fly by wanting to have a biological child. The goodness and loyalty of Davy, who initially feels like an impostor, as he slowly gains confidence in his abilities to get to the truth. This time the mystery itself felt secondary to the characters……perhaps a little predicable as everyone was interconnected somehow. Persons Unknown is at it’s core an affecting tale of the complexity of human relationships. I can hardly wait for the third.
A primary motive for the move was to spare her adopted son Fly from bad influences in the city. But Fly, a 12-year-old black lad, feels isolated and friendless in the smaller town and becomes increasingly insolent and adolescent.
The situation becomes more dire when Fly is accused of murdering John Oliver Ross, Manon's sister Ellie's ex and the father of her child.
Manon's colleagues who know Fly doubt his guilt but are steered to press the case against him by their supervisor who won't listen to implications of possibly better motives for the crime against a wealthy London banker.
Manon finds herself on her own to prove Fly's innocence, though even he seems determined not to help her prove him innocent. Those hormones come into play once more when Manon finds herself irresistibly attracted to the defense lawyer she's hired.
The story is told from the viewpoints of Manon; Detective Sergeant Davy Walker; Birdie, an eccentric shopkeeper, and Saskia, a woman who has been involved with the victim.
A literary mystery with a complex plot and sympathetic characters. I haven't read "Missing, Presumed," the first in the series, but now I want to get better acquainted with Manon and her associates.
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I previously read book 1 in this series, Missing, Presumed and liked it enough to request this book in the series from the publisher, Random House, through...Read more