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M. R. Hall
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31 Jan 2012 Coroner Jenny Cooper Series (Book 2)

Coroner Jenny Cooper investigates . . .

Two missing students. One sinister cover-up.

Two young British students, Nazim Jamal and Rafi Hassan vanish without a trace. The police tell their parents that the boys had been under surveillance, that it was likely they left the country to pursue their dangerous new ideals. Seven years later, Nazim’s grief-stricken mother is still unconvinced. Jenny Cooper is her last hope.

Jenny is finally beginning to settle into her role as Coroner for the Severn Valley; the ghosts of her past that threatened to topple her, banished to the sidelines once more. But as the inquest into Nazim's disappearance gets underway, the stink of corruption and conspiracy becomes clear . . .

As the pressure from above increases, a code of silence is imposed on the inquest and events begin to spiral out of all control, pushing Jenny to breaking point. For how could she have known that by unravelling the mysteries of the disappeared, she would begin to unearth her own buried secrets?

Enjoyed The Disappeared? Read the rest of the Coroner Jenny Cooper Series: The Coroner, The Redeemed, The Flight, The Chosen Dead, The Burning.

Praise for M. R. Hall's Coroner Jenny Cooper series

'Fasten your seatbelts for a quality thriller . . . Hall's Gold Dagger-nominated books, quite simply, get better each time. Part of it is the former barrister and TV producer's ability to structure and deliver a thriller that has you keep turning the pages. But Hall is also a hit upon a genuinely fascinating aspect of the justice system . . . The most compelling element of Hall's books, however, is Cooper herself . . . It is wonderful stuff, chillingly plausible' Independent on Sunday

‘As premises go, this one’s a killer . . . It’s a terrific series, meticulously researched, sharply plotted and peopled with sympathetic characters, led by Cooper, who is always aware of the human consequences of failure’ Financial Times

‘Ed McBain semi-inaugurated the forensics genre, but Patricia Cornwell and Kathy Reichs parleyed his innovations into stratospheric sales. But the field has not become an exclusively female sorority – or an American domain. A highly talented male writer has offered a challenge . . .’ Independent

‘An edge-of-the-seat thriller . . . this fourth novel in the excellent Jenny Cooper series should come with a health warning’ Irish Independent

‘A brilliant, original and gripping crime novel – I can't wait for M. R. Hall's next one!’ Sophie Hannah

‘Hall shows with aplomb that a coroner is just as able to become a detective as the forensic pathologists of Patricia Cornwell and Kathy Reichs’ Sunday Times

‘Breathlessly enjoyable’ The Times

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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Pan (31 Jan 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 033045837X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330458375
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 47,591 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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M R Hall was born in London in 1967, he was educated at Hereford Cathedral School and Worcester College, Oxford, where he graduated in law.

Whilst working as a barrister he spent his spare moments between cases writing screenplays, getting his first commission with the ITV hit series, Kavanagh QC starring John Thaw. He went on to write further episodes and shortly afterwards was commissioned to create a series for the new Channel Five, Wing And A Prayer. The first season earned him a BAFTA nomination in the best series category.

Matthew wrote exclusively for the screen for ten years, producing more than 40 hours of prime-time drama for BBC1 and ITV before writing his first novel, The Coroner. Published by Pan Macmillan in the UK in 2009, The Coroner was nominated for the Crime Writer's Association Gold Dagger in the best novel category.

He currently writes a novel each year, and in 2012 was again shortlisted for the CWA Gold Dagger with his fourth, The Flight.

His books have translated into many languages and published in the USA.

He is married to journalist Patricia Carswell and they have two sons.

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'Hall shows with aplomb that a coroner is just as able to become a detective (and, in this case, advance into the world of spooks) as the forensic pathologists of Patricia Cornwell and Kathy Reichs.' --Sunday Times 'Culture' Magazine

'Gripping investigation in to the disappearance of two British students' --Woman and Home

'The Disappeared is a hypnotic piece of work' --The Independent

About the Author

M. R. Hall is a screenwriter, producer and former criminal barrister. Educated at Hereford Cathedral School and Worcester College, Oxford, he lives in Monmouthshire with his wife and two sons. Aside from writing, his main passion is the preservation and planting of woodland. In his spare moments, he is mostly to be found among trees.

The Disappeared is the second novel in M. R. Hall’s twice CWA Gold Dagger shortlisted Coroner Jenny Cooper series.

Also available in the Coroner Jenny Cooper series: The Coroner, The Redeemed, The Flight, The Chosen Dead and short story The Innocent. Discover more at;; @MRHall_books

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 13 July 2011
By Pat
This is the second installment of M.R. Hall's 'Jenny Cooper Series'. If you read the last novel, The Coronor, then you know already what a cracking read you are in for. This story is all about a young British student Nazim Jamal, who disappeared along with another student seven years earlier. Mrs Jamal, the mother of Nazim, wants an inquest to be held into the circumstances surrounding her son's 'presumed' death, as she does not believe the police when they say the students were under surveillance and left the country to train with other extremists.

I am a voracious reader and am always reading, and I have to say that this is one of the very few novels that have actually left me stunned. A couple of incidents I did not see coming and was shocked when I read them, it certainly made me want to continue to read more of M. R. Hall's novels and to know that I could not second-guess what was coming next.

In my view a cracking read.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Polished, informed, intelligent thrillers. 19 Sep 2010
I loved The Coroner, I loved The Disappeared and I can't wait to get my hands on The Redeemed. This is an addictive series of books already, tailor-made for television.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Relentless, enthralling... 17 Jan 2011
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This is a superb follow-up to The Coroner (Jenny Cooper 1), Hall's first book which introduced the character of Jenny Cooper, the most relentless (and reckless) investigator this side of Rebus. At one level of course it's a blend of familiar tropes - the detective who won't take "no" for an answer, even when They tell her to lay off; the self-destructive detective, who can't survive without drink or pills and the faceless, vague conspiracy that must be faced down.

Yet underneath, there is powerful current of mystery about Cooper's past - what childhood events is she suppressing, which drive her (we are, none too subtly, told) to uncover identities and seek justice for the dead? (And which also drive her to panic symptoms which she grapples with through medicatiin and counselling).

I know, it sounds a lot to bear with in a simple mystery. But this isn't a simple mystery. Hill fuses these elements and produces something truly compelling - whether you're reading to try and piece Jenny's past together, or waiting for the next episode in which she lays dignity, career, or even life in the line, or whether you are intrigued by the events she's doggedly investigating.

Here, Jenny is at her best, managing her awkward, prickly relationship with Alison, her Coroner's Officer (or her awkward, prickly relationships with her boyfriend, ex husband and son) while investigating the disappearance, some years before, of two teenagers - a disappearance which seems to have pointers towards her past. It's great fun to read, and I'm glad to see that Hall has another coming up later in 2011, The Redeemed (Jenny Cooper 3)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Super coroner rides again 16 Nov 2012
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Yet another good story of Jenny Cooper just not being able to take the easy way and puts herself (and her poor coroner's officer) through the mill in the pursuit of the truth come what may. Full of characters who try and, obstruct, deflect and sometimes put her at risk. Full of suave and shifty secret service people and civil servants, snooty lawyers slumming it, compromised police officers - who are your friends? Maybe she is her own worst enemy. Trying to find the truth about what happened to two young Asian men when few care - it just makes her more determined. She really does speak for the dead. There is sadness, humour and an excellent read. Just because you're paranoid it doesn't mean the world isn't out to get you.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Coroner Investigates again 27 May 2012
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I enjoyed The Coroner (Jenny Cooper 1) by M. R. Hall so was pleased to see that there were more in the series.

Jenny Cooper is a Coroner on the border between England and Wales, she is a mother to a teenage son and has a past that is haunting her.

This book was not on a subject that particularly appeals to me but was well written enough for me to want to find out what happens at the end, I was stunned! The story revolves around the disappearance of two Asian students from Bristol University 8 years previously. Did they go to join the Jihad? And why do MI5 still seem to be hovering around getting in the way of the inquest that Jenny is holding?

All in all this book carried me along enough to want to read The Redeemed
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping 27 Jan 2012
By DMA45
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This Jenny Cooper story develops her character and takes the reader even further into her psyche. What from her past is her subconscious trying to hide from? Although, the reader ends up being ultimately frustrated at the apparent refusal of our heroine to confront her demons, there is always the consolation of knowing that the next story may answer all our questions. This story is as gripping as it is gritty and, once again, Jenny Cooper has to take on the highest authorities in the land in order to unveil the truth.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Is this feasible? 5 Feb 2014
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I'm not acquainted with the world of the coroner, but somehow I can't imagine them doing the things Jenny does in this book. It was however quite a good read and a change to read a book set in the. Bristol area for a change.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A real page turner 10 Jan 2010
Having already read and been completely gripped by M R Hall's The Coroner I was delighted to read his latest novel, The Disappeared.

The intriguing female main character (coroner Jenny Cooper) is a professional woman struggling to overcome her own demons and life choices whilst holding down a demanding and responsible job. Through the twists and turns of Jenny's personal and professional life M R Hall compels the reader to explore our own cultural prejudices and values, as well as providing a flawed but fascinating heroine.

I thoroughly enjoy M R Hall's writing - his style is razor sharp and beautifully crafted. His inside knowledge (as a former barrister) adds enormously to the credibility of the storyline.

The Disappeared is a real page turner and will keep you thinking long after the book has been put on your book shelf.
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2.0 out of 5 stars charity shop book
If I had wanted to buy a charity shop book I would have gone into a charity shop and bought one for a pound !
Published 7 days ago by colin w planck
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Excellent Adventure for Coroner Jenny Cooper
Another excellent adventure for Coroner Jenny Cooper. It seems as though she can never escape from the overbearing influence of MI5 and the Government. Read more
Published 19 days ago by Ron
3.0 out of 5 stars Impatient
Increasing impatience with Jenny Cooper's ills/attitudes. Nothing more to add other than to applaud the author's hard work. Thank you.
Published 23 days ago by john mason
5.0 out of 5 stars very good read
As with the others I couldn't put it down. A little bit of sadness thrown in. Jenny Coop is a very complex character, written simpathetically. Read more
Published 1 month ago by jmc
4.0 out of 5 stars The Disappeared
Gripping suspence throughout. excellent insight and understanding of the mind of a women who works so hard at her job. Read more
Published 1 month ago by joy williams
5.0 out of 5 stars The disappeared
My second book I have read ( Jenny Cooper) I enjoyed this book as much as the 1st the people in the book are believable and everyone as seams to have a question in there past that... Read more
Published 2 months ago by stjamespark
5.0 out of 5 stars The Disappeared (Coroner Jenny Cooper Series)
What an ending, I can't wait to read the next in the series. I really didn't expect such a bombshell, excellent twist.
Published 2 months ago by Glogshnig
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
Will read the next one - took some time to get going but in the end could not put it down.
Published 2 months ago by kim mather
4.0 out of 5 stars pacey and good research
I love the style of writing in M R Hall's books. Interesting subject matter for the thrillers and great characterisation. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Freesia
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Read
This is the second book which I have read of this series, and it was very well written. M.R. Hall certainly knows how to keep the reader enthralled, and his plot was topical, and... Read more
Published 2 months ago by arthur rowland
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