A full 400 page gumshoe!
Cormoran Strike is a damaged Private Detective in London. He is ex-Army, ex-Afghanistan and failing at what he does.
Robin Ellacott, newly engaged and looking for an office job, is sent to Strike’s office by a temp agency for a one week position.
Three months earlier a super-model had fallen to her death and the arrival of Robin coincides both with major changes in Strike’s lifestyle and a client who wants the death investigated.
Now for a story within the story. I read most books on an electronic book. Last night I began reading and suddenly, at 1;30am, on page 378, the reader ran out of power and turned off! The frustration was intense!
Through societal disfunction, multi-generational family disfunction, sudden wealth and celebrity shenanigans the plot seemingly wanders widely but fascinatingly. By page 378 all is beginning to fall into place with the loose ends being gathered. All the time Robin is finding ways to extend her position without allowing the Temp Agency to know.
The final 40 pages tie everything up neatly and leave room for the Cormoran/Robin investigation team to return in what I hope will be a series. And no! I don’t do spoilers for tales as good as this! I won’t even suggest that you look closely at the title.
The only think I will say is that there is a knife involved near the end and I was half expecting a lightning flash scar to be inflicted. Because, while this is a First Crime Novel, it is not a first novel.
It is a captivating entry into the annals of crime fiction and the flaws of Muggles. I look forward to the next in the series.
There had better be a next in the series!
I have to rate it at 4.8 stars out of 5. It lost a little because it sent my reader flat 🙂