4 of 5 stars ****
I appreciate this J. K. Rowling story, written under the pseudonym, Robert Galbraith, more than her other book,Casual Vacancy. I revolt against the crude, gory subject matter but enjoy the writing style of the author; for example, "Although he could barely remember what her daughter looked like and had never met Mrs. Bunion before, her expression of mingled apprehension and anticipation gave her away as she paused staring at him on the doormat." A shorter example, "She handed them over with ill grace, then left."
I listen to this unabridged novel with an interest embellished by the variable accents and voice tones of Robert Glenister. Mr. Glenister narrates every twist in the complex plot with multiple characters at a pace that keeps me following this gruesome but thrilling adventure until its end.