Private investigator Cormoran Strike returns in a new mystery from Robert Galbraith, author of the #1 international bestsellerThe Cuckoo’s Calling.
When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, Mrs. Quine just thinks her husband has gone off by himself for a few days—as he has done before—and she wants Strike to find him and bring him home.
But as Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine’s disappearance than his wife realizes. The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows. If the novel were to be published, it would ruin lives—meaning that there are a lot of people who might want him silenced.
When Quine is found brutally murdered under bizarre circumstances, it becomes a race against time to understand the motivation of a ruthless killer, a killer unlike any Strike has encountered before…
I didn’t expect to love this book as much as I did, but afterwards, I went to work and bought the next one immediately because I absolutely could not wait to find out what happened next. I loved Robin in the first book, and was feeling like a fun crime novel to break a long book slump, and this certainly did the job.
This feels like a very personal book to Rowling, dealing with lots of backstabbing publishing people, because doubtless she’s dealt with lots of it. Whilst the murder victim, Owen Quine, is a pretty annoying person, by the end you empathise with him in some ways. I was wrong about who the culprit was, which is a refreshing thing!
Robin is still my favourite character, with Cormoran coming a close second. I absolutely loathe Matthew and feel like he won’t get any better. God I hope she ditches his sorry arse! I
I love the setting and how Rowling brings London to life, with the ever growing cast of characters from both this novel and the previous one. Most are brand new, so if you haven’t read the first book, you’d be fine with just reading this one. I personally would read them in order, but each to their own!
I’d totally recommend this to anyone who enjoys a great crime novel, and it’s a definite step up from the first book, for those who are wary of continuing the series. I absolutely devoured it, and couldn’t wait to read the next… I had to force myself not to jump into it straight away!