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.
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This is the second book for Robert Galbraith (aka J.K Rowland) and an excellent follow up from her previous book The Cuckoo's Calling. The book is really fast paced and engaging. Its set a couple of months after the end of the first book and you have Strike dealing with his new found fame and his other personal problems. The mystery that Strike is now trying to solve leaves you guessing till the very end. The only thing about this book is that to understand some of Strike's and the other characters history you have to read the first book The Cuckoo's Calling another excellent book. I really recommend this book to anyone who loves a good mystery and those you want to start reading mystery novels. 5 out 5 diamonds