Narrator: Robert Glenister
Published by Brown & Company on June 19, 2014
Genres: Mystery, Suspense
Length: 17 hours, 17 minutes
Audio | Goodreads
Private investigator Cormoran Strike returns in a new mystery from Robert Galbraith, author of the #1 international bestseller The 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...
Cormoran Strike’s business is now better than afloat following his last high-profile case. When the wife of a missing writer asks for his help to find him, Strike opts to take the case even though he probably won’t get a fee from the seemingly down and out woman. What appears to be a cut-and-dried investigation turns into something much more.
I enjoyed this so much I hated seeing it end. There’s nothing ordinary about the writing, the story slowly unfolding while expertly crafting vivid characters and setting, creating a strong sense of place. The literary epigraphs preceding each chapter add to the quality of the prose, combining the classics with contemporary. The case is highly interesting, sometimes horrific and at others, simply intriguing. We learn so much more about Strike and Robin, too; what drives them and where that comes from.
The narrator was just perfect, providing distinctive voice to the words and characters. I read the first book but am hooked on the audio version from here on out. I love these stories and this one had a fine ending. But, the journey to get there was just wonderful.
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