Unknown Remains

Unknown Remains is now available. 

You can buy the hardcover or e-book from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, Kobo or your local bookstore.

Jack McCann is a high-stakes Wall Street trader who sneaks into his office early one morning to try and clear out his things and get out of dodge; he knows he’s in trouble, deep legal trouble, a fact highlighted by the urgent phone calls from his boss. Outside his office window, Jack hears a booming sound, and then the worst thing imaginable. He works in the World Trade Center, and it is September 11, 2001.

His wife in Connecticut, Diane, is visited the next day by a grief counselor, and then the mob, where she learns her husband owes them $750,000. Their personal bank accounts have been emptied. She’s totally and utterly broke. Lost in grief and now shock, Diane soon learns her husband was not the loving spouse he appeared to be. But neither is she, owing to that Beretta she keeps tucked into her handbag.

The perfect summer read, Unknown Remains boasts an exciting crime story, inventive plot twists, and a cast of rogues, who just might be using a national tragedy to cover up their own deep transgressions and greed.


If you are in any doubt about Peter Leonard’s status as a terrific, top-shelf author, turn to the Acknowledgements page at the very back of his newly published novel and read the first paragraph about how the book acquired its title. It’s as good as the thriller that precedes it and will make you want to read the book immediately. If you only have access to the eBook, you’ll have to wait, but trust me, UNKNOWN REMAINS by any title is worth your immediate time, attention and hard-earned moola.
— Bookreporter.com
Diane, a particularly strong character in a narrative filled with sinister oddballs and other eccentrics, spends the rest of the book dealing with both dilemmas and their high potential for disaster, all of it told in a manner that keeps the reader turning the pages.
— Toronto Star
[An] assured crime novel…Leonard does a good job guiding the reader down one rabbit hole after another as the plot twists and turns.
— Publishers Weekly
The largest satisfaction the novel offers is that of Diane, who is both recognizably shell-shocked and far from a pushover. She’s an appealing heroine because, finding herself in a tight spot, she also discovers her own cunning and wiles.
— Kirkus