Persons Unknown

Persons Unknown

Book - 2017
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Manon Bradshaw is back. 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. 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?
Publisher: London : The Borough Press, 2017.
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY
Characteristics: 364 p. ;,24 cm.
Series Volume: 2.


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Persons Unknown by Susie Steiner

I’m an avid reader of thrillers. I read both ‘stand-alone’ novels but also the increasingly popular format of a primary character that features in a series of books. I am particularly keen – once I have found a character I can empathise with – to read them all, but the main proviso has to be that I read them in the correct order! So, it was with some trepidation that I read “Persons Unknown”… (more)

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Joyce's pick: If you like Elly Griffith's Ruth Galloway series then you should try Susie Steiner. A clever, complex plot but with the added bonus of well-rounded and identifiable characters.

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Apr 17, 2020

Set a few years later after MIssing, Presumed, Manon Bradshaw has adopted Fly, moved to the suburbs with her sister Ellie, and is 5 months pregnant. When Fly is accused of murder, Manon's world falls apart as she tries to covertly investigate. The reader is drawn into Manon's journey as everything she knows and believes about the people in her life explodes. One of the charms of this series is the English vernacular that the author uses. It's really true that American and British English are different creatures.

Jan 28, 2018

My only complaint about this book is that I wish I had read the first book in this series...first! (Missing Presumed) This is book number two.

I randomly came across this book on the shelves, and really enjoyed it. The story really pulls you in by telling the story from the different viewpoints of the characters involved. The main character--and Detective--finds herself right at the center of the crime drama in a very personal capacity. There is both psychological depth and relevant social awareness in this story, making for a very compelling read.

JCLHilaryS Dec 06, 2017

Just as strong as the first in the series. I enjoyed Steiner's portrayal of the ins and outs of relationships between friends and family, especially under extreme stress. While Manon desperately fights for Fly's freedom, he is pulling away from her. Her former partner's sympathy slowly turns to guilt, and her reliance on the defense lawyer for Fly turns in to a deeper relationship. We see her grapple with her feelings about her own pregnancy as well her relationship with Fly, her sister, Davy, and others in the police department. There is as much here about relationships as there is solving a crime.

samdog123 Sep 25, 2017

As good as the first in the series, 'Missing, Presumed'. When Manon Bradshaw's son, Fly, is accused of murder, she pulls out all the stops to prove his innocence. What do you really know about people, when you think about it? Everything in Manon's life comes under scrutiny but the story and resolution to it are really well done.

LovesBees Jul 26, 2017

A disjointed muddle of a story line with unbelievable, stereotypical characters.

PimaLib_SusannahC Jul 20, 2017

Second book in the series featuring Detective Manon Bradshaw. I thought the first in the series, Missing Presumed, was ok, but this one was much better.

May 26, 2017

This is such a love story. I can see jaws dropping. Don't get me wrong, it is also a straight-forward police procedural. But still, such a love story. The all-encompassing love of family, in Manon's case her adopted son Fly, her unborn child, her sister, and her ridiculously adorable nephew. There is also the love of one's job and one's co-workers, corrosive self-love, the unexpected romantic love. But where there is love there is usually heartbreaking betrayal. Co-workers just doing their jobs, adopted sons looking for their blood fathers, a mother ripping a child from all he knows, and that same mother wondering why she wanted a child so badly. And the worst betrayal of all... letting someone else bear your sin.

A five months pregnant Manon and Fly have moved to Cambridgshire, Manon's old nick. Manon to cold cases, Fly to an all white school. The only plus for Fly is that aunt and cousin have come too. Manon is wanting to keep Fly away from the negatives of being a black kid in London. Instead he is introduced to the joy of being the only black kid around. The only black kid who is in the wrong place at the wrong time. He soon finds himself put under arrest for murder. Arrested by his new mother's closest friends. Manon, of course is exiled from anything to do with the case. But by good friends and her force of will she is soon being supplied with information.

A straight ahead murder investigation. Well plotted. fast moving and exciting.

A few quibbles. I can't say I loved any of the characters. Which is too the good, I guess, because it means Steiner did a great job in making them real. I think if Solly had been my kid, he would have been sitting on the curb with a for sale sign, even though he is only a toddler. Davy did seem to finally grow a pair. While Manon was so irritating at times. Most of the time.

Also the London parts and some of those characters just seemed to show up, without any-as they say in court-foundation. It took a long time for some of the characters to show any affiliation with the rest of the book.

This is a series that should have legs. Very strong legs.

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