|Detective Cormoran Strike investigates a gruesome murder. You might think you know detectives, but you’ve never met one quite like Strike.|
Alyssa Vincent – One suspect’s girlfriend.
Aunt Joan – Strike’s aunt from Cornwall.
Brittany Brockbank – Noel Brockbank’s stepdaughter.
Cormoran Strike – The main protagonist. The private detective working on the murder case.
Donald Laing – One of Strike’s three suspects.
Elin Toft – Strike’s girlfriend.
Eric Wardle – A detective inspector in the Met who is investigating the murder.
Graham Hardacre – Strike’s friend and ex-colleague from the SIB.
Hazel Furley – The older sister of murder victim Kelsey Platt.
Holly Brockbank – Noel Brockbank’s twin sister, who lives in Barrow-in-Furness.
Ilsa Herbert – Strike’s old friend from Cornwall.
Jason – A BIID sufferer who met Kelsey Platt before her death.
Jeff Whittaker – Strike’s former stepfather and one of his suspects.
Jonny Rokeby – Strike’s biological father, a famous rockstar.
Kelsey Platt – A murder victim.
Leda Strike – Strike’s late mother.
Linda Ellacott – Robin Ellacott’s mother.
Lorraine MacNaughton – A woman who used to live with Donald Laing in Corby.
Lucy Fantoni – Strike’s half-sister.
Margaret Bunyan – The mother of Donald Laing’s ex-wife.
Martin Ellacott – One of Robin’s three brothers.
Matthew Cunliffe – Robin’s fiancé.
Michael Ellacott – Robin’s father.
Nick Herbert – Strike’s old friend who he stays with to avoid the press on Denmark Street.
Noel Brockbank – One of Strike’s suspects.
Platinum – A woman Strike and Robin tail for a client.
Ray Williams – Hazel Furley’s boyfriend.
Robin Ellacott – Strike’s partner-in-training.
Roy Carver – A detective inspector with the Met.
Sarah Shadlock – Matthew Cunliffe’s friend from university.
Shanker – Strike’s friend who helps him track down one of the suspects, Jeff Whittaker.
Stephanie – Jeff Whittaker’s young girlfriend.
Tempest – A BIID sufferer who met Kelsey Platt before her death.
Terence “Digger” Malley – One of the Met’s suspects.
Two-Times – One of Strike and Robin’s clients.
Uncle Ted – Strike’s uncle from Cornwall.
Vanessa Ekwensi – A detective sergeant with the Met working on the murder investigation.