The latest installment in the highly acclaimed, internationally bestselling Strike series finds Cormoran and Robin ensnared in another winding, wicked case.
When frantic, disheveled Edie Ledwell appears in the office begging to speak to her, private detective Robin Ellacott doesn’t know quite what to make of the situation. The cocreator of a popular cartoon, The Ink Black Heart, Edie is being persecuted by a mysterious online figure who goes by the pseudonym of Anomie. Edie is desperate to uncover Anomie’s true identity.
Robin decides that the agency can’t help with this—and thinks nothing more of it until a few days later, when she reads the shocking news that Edie has been tasered and then murdered in Highgate Cemetery, the location of The Ink Black Heart.
Robin and her business partner, Cormoran Strike, become drawn into the quest to uncover Anomie’s true identity. But with a complex web of online aliases, business interests and family conflicts to navigate, Strike and Robin find themselves embroiled in a case that stretches their powers of deduction to the limits – and which threatens them in new and horrifying ways . . .
A gripping, fiendishly clever mystery, The Ink Black Heart is a true tour-de-force.
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In Galbraith's stellar sixth whodunit featuring London PIs Cormoran Strike and Robin Ellacott (after 2020's Troubled Blood), Ellacott is consulted by a distraught Edie Ledwell, the cocreator of the hit animated series The Ink Black Heart. The bizarre program features a disembodied heart, a ghost, and other residents of a graveyard, and proved so successful on YouTube that it was purchased by Netflix. That switch, and rumors of a movie adaptation, infuriated some members of the passionate fandom. Edie has been persecuted online by someone called Anomie, who has shockingly accurate information about her personal life. Robin declines to help, citing a full workload and lengthy waiting list, only to feel guilty when two people affiliated with the program are stabbed, one fatally, in the cemetery that inspired the show's setting. She gets a chance at partial redemption when her firm's retained to identify Anomie. Galbraith (the pseudonym of J.K. Rowling) captures perfectly the venom unleashed when people can hide behind virtual personas and egg each other on, and plausibly sustains suspense, despite the book's length, about the murderer's identity until the end. This impressive series shows no sign of losing steam. Agent: Neil Blair, Blair Partnership (U.K.).
Loved the story, all the twists and false flags kept me guessing to the end, but wish there was more relationship development between Robin and Strike.
Brilliant, as always.
Brilliant! Couldn’t put it down, and now googling to see when/if the next Strike book comes out.