Persons Unknown

Persons Unknown

A Novel

eBook - 2017 | First U.S. edition
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"Detective Manon Bradshaw is five months pregnant and has officially given up on finding romantic love. Instead, she is in hot-pursuit of the work-life balance and parked in a cold case corridor--the price she's had to pay for a transfer back to Cambridgeshire. This is fine, she tells herself. She can devote herself to bringing up her motley collection of children--the new baby, and her adopted 12-year-old son Fly Dent. He needed a fresh start--he was being forever stopped and searched in London by officers who couldn't see past the color of his skin. Manon feared Fly, increasingly sullen and adolescent, was getting in with the wrong crowd at school, or possibly that he was the wrong crowd. Yes, children, home-cooked food, home by five. This is what I need, she tells herself. Yet when a well-to-do victim is found stabbed close to police HQ, she can't help but sidle in on the briefing. It emerges he is a banker from London, worth millions, called Jon-Oliver Ross. More dramatically, Ross was Manon's sister Ellie's ex, and the father of her toddler son, Solomon. The investigation swirls with greater and greater urgency, and as it begins to circle in on Manon's home and her family, she finds herself pitted against the former 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 interrogate the evidence, just as she would with any other case? And when Manon instructs defense lawyer Mark Talbot to work alongside her, can she refrain from throwing herself at him in a manner unbecoming to a woman at an advanced stage of pregnancy? Manon must fight to find the truth with every fiber of her being, and this might just finish her"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Random House, [2017]
Edition: First U.S. edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780812998351 (electronic bk.)
0812998359 (electronic bk.)
Branch Call Number: eBOOK M STEINER
Characteristics: 1 online resource


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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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