“When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, she just thinks he 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 realises. The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows. If the novel were published it would ruin lives – so there are a lot of people who might want to silence him.
And when Quine is found brutally murdered in bizarre circumstances, it becomes a race against time to understand the motivation of a ruthless killer, a killer unlike any he has encountered before . . .”
This is the second book in the series and I really liked it. I like the writing style and depth of descriptions and the characters in the book. However I did get a bit fed up with knowing the main character had solved the crime, but didn’t let the reader in on it for a while. That frustrated me as I like to see the story unfold through the eyes and mind of the character and this stopped me from doing that. Putting all the clues together was hard and not all of them were visible to the reader.
I enjoyed the book overall though and as a standard crime who did it type story it worked for me. I will be looking out for the next one as I love a series and having the familiarity of the characters is always a good thing for me.