Author Owen Quine loved the spotlight and was known for his graphic books. But, when his latest books angers practically the entire publishing world, he turns up missing. His wife hires Detective Cormoran Strike to find him, thinking the eccentric writer is off at a writer's retreat. But, what starts as simple missing person case turns into a high profile murder case when Strike finds Quine brutally murdered in a manner reminiscent of one of his books. With so many people who hated the victim, this is no easy case.
This book once again proves that JK Rowling can write a completely different genre well (although I still prefer the Potter series). Both Cormoran Strike and his assistant, Robin, are complex and fascinating characters. I enjoyed seeing Robin play a more active role in the investigation this time. As for the mystery, I was in suspense to the very end.
3.0 out of 5 stars -- June 27, 2014
This is the second in the Cormoran Strike series and I didn't like it as much as the first one (The Cuckoo's Calling).
Convoluted mystery surrounds an author's murder -- who committed the heinous and grisly crime? There are lots of suspects as there was no love lost between this man and his acquaintances and enemies. In fact, the author's newest book really embarrassed and humiliated all who were involved in his life.
I like the characters of Cormoran and Robin well enough, but I'm not a fan of little tricks such as when the detective has an ah ha moment and shares it with his cohort, but the reader is left in the dark and then there is a "tell all" at the end.
Probably will read a third, but not with the same degree of anticipation and expectation I had while waiting for this one.