The Invisible Ones by Stef Penney

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In a hospital bed, small-time private detective Ray Lovell veers between paralysis and delirium. But before the accident that landed him there, he’d been hired to find Rose Janko, the estranged daughter of a traveling Gypsy family, who went missing seven years earlier. 
Half Romany himself, Ray is well aware that he’s been chosen more for his blood than for his investigative skills. Still, he’s surprised by the intense hostility he encounters from the Jankos, who haven’t had an easy past. Touched by tragedy, they’re either cursed or hiding a terrible secret—the discovery of which Ray can’t help suspecting is connected to Rose’s disappearance…
 
Seamlessly toggling between Ray’s past and present, and the perspective of the missing woman’s young nephew JJ, Stef Penney builds a gripping page-turner that doesn’t let go until its shocking end.
 

About Stef Penney

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STEF PENNEY's debut novel, The Tenderness of Wolves, was a national bestseller and the recipient of the prestigious Costa Award. Penney was born and raised in Edinburgh, Scotland, where she is a screenwriter.
 
Published January 5, 2012 by Berkley. 393 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction

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(Ivo had made a pilgrimage to Lourdes, where they also take Christo in a desperate attempt to cure him.) Fortunately, Lovell has a pediatrician friend who’s able to give insight into the nature of Christo’s illness and how it’s genetically transmitted from generation to generation...and it turns ...

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The Guardian

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We like to think we know a thing or two about Gypsies now.

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Publishers Weekly

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can depress you if you let them.” Then Ray, who is half-Gypsy himself, is offered a job by a fellow Gypsy, Leon Wood, who wants Ray to find his daughter, Rose, who he hasn’t seen or spoken to in seven years, ever since she married Ivo Janko, another Gypsy (or traveler, as the British often ca...

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New York Journal of Books

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“Ms. Penney succeeds. The Invisible Ones is utterly absorbing, a convoluted and yet satisfying read that will keep readers guessing to the last page.”

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Book Reporter

England, in modern times… “A lot of people don’t realize there are still Gypsies living on the road in this country… They like to think that Gypsies are something from the past….

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The Telegraph

The worried father employs Lovell because, thanks to his own paternity, gipsy blood runs through his veins as well and, as we are repeatedly shown, gipsies are suspicious of gorjios (non-Romanies).

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Reviewing the Evidence

JJ is a perfect foil, both as a younger version of Ray and as someone who was a small child when Rose ran off: Of all the Jankos, he knows nothing about what happened to her.

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INTENDED to be an introduction to Burma and a useful resource for those familiar with ...

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Macleans

Penney’s Costa Award-winning debut novel, The Tenderness of Wolves, combined history, mystery, and an unnerving ability to describe chilling weather in a genre-bending way that deserved its many accolades.

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Independent.ie

Scottish author Stef Penney's second novel has an awful lot to live up to: her debut The Tenderness of Wolves won the lucrative Costa Book of the Year Award and was beloved by both book buyers and critics alike -- one review compared Penney to esteemed American author Annie Proulx, while another ...

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Artswrap

Yet even if fluorescent meringue dresses have replaced pegs and lurchers in the public imagination, we're likely to be little the wiser, and this is something Stef Penney attempts to address in The Invisible Ones .

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