Novelist Owen Quine has gone missing. His wife, Leonora, calls in private detective Cormoran Strike and his determined young assistant Robin Ellacott to help find him and bring him home..
At first, Leonora just thinks he has gone off by himself for a few days. But it soon becomes clear that there is more to Quine’s disappearance than she had realised. The novelist had 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…
The second book in the Cormoran Strike series, The Silkworm, was published in June 2014 by Sphere/Little, Brown Book Group and topped the bestseller charts.