Persons Unknown by Susie Steiner
Susie Steiner’s follow-up to the incisive, page-turning Missing, Presumed, is another stunning achievement. Persons Unknown is scintillating, funny, clever, and features the sort of feisty female detective we adore.
When we last met Manon Bradshaw, she was portrayed as a dysfunctional but high-achieving Detective Inspector, looking in all the wrong places for love. Now, Manon is the adoptive mother of 12-year-old Fly, the boy she met in London on her last case, and she’s five months pregnant.
After moving back to Cambridgeshire she’s foundering in cold cases while her colleagues Harriet and newly promoted Davy work on the latest juicy murder, the stabbing of a city banker in a local park. But the worse thing is, Manon’s son Fly becomes a major suspect in the case...
On so many levels, this is fantastic read, a real escape, and Steiner’s great skill is combining humour with dark forces, to create the very best of crime fiction.