This is a fun read!
Cormoran Strike, an endearingly flawed private detective with a complicated past, is hired by a lawyer named John Bristow, to investigate his sister’s death, which had been ruled a suicide. Bristow, distraught over his supermodel sister’s death, does not believe the suicide theory and convinces Strike to pursue the real killer.
In usual JK Rowling form, the writing is crisp, witty, and engaging and each of the characters is so genuine. Strike, in particular, evokes such sympathy, affection, and respect, as he goes about his cleverly conducted inquiry with a Columbo-like air of feigned innocence. In going into Strike’s own story, Rowling makes the mystery almost personal and gives it much deeper dimension.
And of course, as it is a mystery, the story itself runs through twists and turns and occasionally takes the reader completely by surprise. It actually made me wonder why I don’t read mysteries more often!
I’d hurry and read this one — it’s a great summer read and it’s already the end of July!