Persons Unknown by Susie Steiner. Published by Random House

In this second brilliant British crime novel featuring Detective Manon Bradshaw, Manon has been sidelined by her pregnancy. Wanting a safer job on the squad, she’s riding a desk, but that doesn’t keep her from getting involved in a high-profile murder. The local business man found stabbed to death turns out to be her sister’s former lover and the father of her young son. Manon is also feeling the strain of being a parent to adopted son Fly, who is getting into trouble at school and seems to be pulling further and further away from her every day. Trying to find a work -home life balance, and keep her own growing frustration under control seems an almost insurmountable task. Steiner’s books remind me of Tana French’s Murder squad books, they are long on character and plot development and short on gratuitous violence. Manon is the thinking person’s detective

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