Author: Robert Galbraith (J.K. Rowling), 2015.
Genre: Crime Fiction. Mystery. Detective Fiction.
Other Details: Hardback. 494 pages. Unabridged Audiobook (17 hrs, 54 mins). Read by Robert Glenister.
When a mysterious package is delivered to Robin Ellacott, she is horrified to discover that it contains a woman's severed leg. Her boss, private detective Cormoran Strike, is less surprised but no less alarmed. There are four people from his past who he thinks could be responsible--and Strike knows that any one of them is capable of sustained and unspeakable brutality. With the police focusing on the one suspect Strike is increasingly sure is not the perpetrator, he and Robin take matters into their own hands, and delve into the dark and twisted worlds of the other three men. But as more horrendous acts occur, time is running out for the two of them.. - synopsis from UK publisher's website.
The best so far in this excellent series that draws on the essence of classic private detective fiction in which the dogged gumshoe eventually runs rings around an incompetent police force. Cormoran Strike's earlier successes have alienated many at Scotland Yard, further complicating this case in which Strike is the target.
In this third novel in the series the central characters reveal more of their personal histories. It is a strong, intelligent novel that kept me guessing until final pages as to who was responsible. Rowling in her alter ego of Robert Galbraith has certainly established herself in this genre and I look forward to more in this series.
I had ordered this novel from the library and as it was taking ages for me to reach the head of the queue elected to listen to its audio edition. Then about halfway through I was notified that it was ready to collect and so had it as a dual read/listen. The narrator did a brilliant job.