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When Billy, a troubled young man, comes to private eye Cormoran Strike's office to ask for his help investigating a crime he thinks he witnessed as a child, Strike is left deeply unsettled. While Billy is obviously mentally distressed, and cannot remember many concrete details, there is something sincere about him and his story. But before Strike can question him further, Billy bolts from his office in a panic.
Trying to get to the bottom of Billy's story, Strike and Robin Ellacott - once his assistant, now a partner in the agency - set off on a twisting trail that leads them through the backstreets of London, into a secretive inner sanctum within Parliament, and to a beautiful but sinister manor house deep in the countryside.
And during this labyrinthine investigation, Strike's own life is far from straightforward: his newfound fame as a private eye means he can no longer operate behind the scenes as he once did. Plus, his relationship with his former assistant is more fraught than it ever has been - Robin is now invaluable to Strike in the business, but their personal relationship is much, much more tricky than that . . .
A blistering piece of crime writing - Sunday Times
Outrageously entertaining - Financial Times
Such a clever read - Woman's Way
Bursting with vivid characters and unnerving plot twists ... captivating storytelling - Press Association
Twist-packed treat - Best
Another thrilling ride - Heat
Fans will love it - Grazia
Dark but gripping - Glamour
Captivating storytelling - Herald
The best one yet - India Knight for The Sunday Times Magazine
Strike remains a compelling hero - The Daily Telegraph
Hugely absorbing. . . the best Strike novel yet - Sunday Mirror
[an] obsessive reading experience - Observer
confirms [Galbraith's] exceptional ability as a storyteller - Daily Mail
Ambitious, sophisticated and stylish - Times
Thoroughly enjoyable - Mail on Sunday
Come for the twists and turns and stay for the beautifully drawn central relationship - Independent
Highly inventive storytelling - Guardian
Blistering piece of crime writing - Sunday Times
Publication date: 18/04/2019
Publisher: Sphere an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group
|Publication date:||18th April 2019|
|Publisher:||Sphere an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group|
|Genres:||Crime / Mystery,|
|Categories:||Crime & mystery, Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),|
Robert Galbraith is married with two sons. After several years with the Royal Military Police, he was attached to the SIB (Special Investigation Branch), the plain-clothes branch of the RMP. He left the military in 2003 and has been working since then in the civilian security industry. The idea for protagonist Cormoran Strike grew directly out of his own experiences and those of his military friends who have returned to the civilian world. Robert Galbraith is a pseudonym.More About Robert Galbraith