When Cormoran Strike is enlisted to help track down missing author Owen Quine by his concerned (if not odd) wife, he soon finds himself embroiled in case that is not as it appears. Quine, known for his attention seeking behavior and petulant disappearances, has just penned a scathing, vaguely concealed diatribe of a novel involving just about everyone he knows in the publishing world. As the characters of his new manuscript scramble to keep the work under wraps, Strike discovers Quine has been brutally murdered in the same bizarre manner as his main character. Soon, every “character” is a suspect as Strike works feverishly to discover the killer’s identity before it’s too late.
For fans of J.K. Rowling, her ability to weave an incredibly intricate, complex story is nothing new. I’m not generally a fan of murder mysteries, but I finished this off in record time. The story is fantastically interesting – a definite page turner. Though dark and, at times, exceedingly gruesome, it’s an incredibly readable story. I highly recommend for those who love a good detective story, or anyone looking for a summer read you won’t want to put down. And, if you haven’t read it, check out the first in the Cormoran Strike series – The Cuckoo’s Calling.