An immigrant’s mysterious death sets off a chilling hunt for the truth in this gripping crime novel from the author of Missing, Presumed, featuring a “delightful protagonist who deserves a place alongside other beloved literary detectives” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review).
Newly married and navigating life with a preschooler as well as her adopted adolescent son, Manon Bradshaw is happy to be working part-time in the cold cases department of the Cambridgeshire police force, a job that allows her to potter in, coffee in hand, and log on for a spot of Internet shopping—precisely what she had in mind when she thought of work-life balance. But beneath the surface Manon is struggling with the day-to-day realities of what she’d assumed would be domestic bliss: fights about whose turn it is to clean the kitchen, the bewildering fatigue of having a young child while in her forties, and the fact that she is going to couples counseling alone because her husband feels it would just be her complaining.
But when Manon is on a walk with her four-year-old son in a peaceful suburban neighborhood and discovers the body of a Lithuanian immigrant hanging from a tree with a mysterious note attached, she knows her life is about to change. Suddenly, she is back on the job full-force, trying to solve the suicide—or is it a murder—in what may be the most dangerous and demanding case of her life.
About the Author
Susie Steiner is a former journalist at The Guardian, where she worked as a commissioning editor for eleven years. Prior to that, she worked for The Times, the Daily Telegraph, and the Evening Standard. She lives in London with her husband and two sons.
“Susie Steiner takes the pulse of our times while weaving a brilliantly gripping tale. Manon Bradshaw is one of my favorite literary creations of all time. I’m so envious of Susie’s talent. Her writing is truly without parallel.”—Lucy Foley, author of The Hunting Party
“Remain Silent is her best. Hurrah for DI Manon Bradshaw in all her tender, outrageously rude, insightful, and flawed magnificence. Flew through it, laughing out loud at her gags. And then cried at the end. Perfect. Loved it.”—Fiona Barton, author of The Suspect
“Remain Silent made me laugh, kept me guessing till the end, and made me care long after I’d closed the book. No one writes crime fiction like Susie Steiner: Agatha Christie as scripted by Victoria Wood or Alan Bennett.”—Erin Kelly, author of Stone Mothers
“Funny, and sad, and astonishingly smart.”—Katherine Heiny, author of Standard Deviation
“Manon Bradshaw is SUCH a great creation. Remain Silent is so spot-on about love, relationships, middle-age, being a woman. The plot broke my heart. So MOVING.”—Marian Keyes, author of Grown Ups
“I can’t imagine reading a better crime novel this year. A beautifully wrapped gift of a tale that both chills and warms the heart. I loved it.”—Renée Knight, author of The Secretary
“Remain Silent is brilliant; I cherished every page. Funny, tender, wise, angry, and completely gripping, this book is a joy. Manon is a glorious heroine and Susie Steiner is a writer beyond compare.”—Jane Casey, author of Cruel Acts
“Susie Steiner is a genius. Simultaneously heartbreaking and hilarious, profound and page-turning, this book contains multitudes.”—Lucie Whitehouse, author of Before We Met
“It’s [Susie Steiner’s] best yet, which is saying something. Her fictional detective Manon Bradshaw is one of my favourite creations of recent years.”—India Knight, TheSunday Times
“With Remain Silent . . . Susie Steiner flexes her authorial muscles. . . . She eloquently captures the savage, ravaging fear that underlies everything from xenophobia and sexism, to plain old, soul-destroying bitterness. But there’s a softer light shining here too in Bradshaw’s musings on middle age, the gentle teasing that goes on between her and her colleagues, and even a dose of the tough love that’s sometimes required when it comes to lasting friendship. I read this book in a single sitting, pushed to both tears and laughter.”—The Seattle Review of Books
“Readers will be buoyed by the brilliance of Steiner’s dark humor and the power of her narrative. Recommend this to fans of Kate Atkinson, Tana French, and, of course, Val McDermid.”—Booklist