Read an Extract of Robert Galbraith’s Thrilling New Page-Turner, Troubled Blood

Read an Extract of Robert Galbraith’s Thrilling New Page-Turner, Troubled Blood

‘You’re a Cornishman, born and bred,’ said Dave Polworth irritably. ‘“Strike” isn’t even your proper name. By rights, you’re a Nancarrow. You’re not going to sit here and say you’d call yourself English?’

The Victory Inn was so crowded on this warm August evening that drinkers had spilled outside onto the broad stone steps which led down to the bay. Polworth and Strike were sitting at a table in the corner, having a few pints to celebrate Polworth’s thirty-ninth birthday. Cornish nationalism had been under discussion for twenty minutes, and to Strike it felt much longer.

‘Would I call myself English?’ he mused aloud. ‘No, I’d probably say British.’

‘Fuck off,’ said Polworth, his quick temper rising. ‘You wouldn’t. You’re just trying to wind me up.’

The two friends were physical opposites. Polworth was short and spare as a jockey, weathered and prematurely lined, his sunburned scalp visible through his thinning hair. His T-shirt was crumpled, as though he had pulled it off the floor or out of a washing basket, and his jeans were ripped. On his left forearm was tattooed the black and white cross of St Piran; on his right hand was a deep scar, souvenir of a close encounter with a shark.

His friend Strike resembled an out-of-condition boxer, which in fact he was; a large man, well over six feet tall, with a slightly crooked nose, his dense dark hair curly. He bore no tattoos and, in spite of the perpetual shadow of the heavy beard, carried about him that well-pressed and fundamentally clean-cut air that suggested ex-police or ex-military.

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Robert Galbraith's Troubled Blood is the Most Gripping and Satisfying Strike Novel Yet

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23 September 2020

Robert Galbraith's Troubled Blood is the Most Gripping and Satisfying Strike Novel Yet

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    Troubled Blood
    Author
    Robert Galbraith
    Publishers
    Hachette, Sphere
    Genre
    Crime Fiction
    Released
    15 September, 2020

    Synopsis

    Private Detective Cormoran Strike is visiting his family in Cornwall when he is approached by a woman asking for help finding her mother, Margot Bamborough - who went missing in mysterious circumstances in 1974.Strike has never tackled a cold case before, let alone one forty years old. But despite the slim chance of success, he is intrigued and takes it on; adding to the long list of cases that he and his partner in the agency, Robin Ellacott, are currently working on. And Robin herself is also juggling a messy divorce and unwanted male attention, as well as battling her own feelings about Strike.As Strike and Robin investigate Margot's disappearance, they come up against a fiendishly complex case with leads that include tarot cards, a psychopathic serial killer and witnesses who cannot all be trusted. And they learn that even cases decades old can prove to be deadly . . .A breathtaking, labyrinthine epic, Troubled Blood is the fifth Strike and Robin novel and the most gripping and satisfying yet.
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