The Ink Black Heart


When frantic, dishevelled 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 co-creator 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 . . .


On 25th April 2020, J.K. Rowling revealed on Twitter that she was working on the sixth novel in the series. She tweeted that she was writing a scene with Strike sat in a crowded London bar in 2015.

In January 2020, Marilyn Manson posted on Twitter thanking J.K. Rowling for the flowers she had sent him, leaving fans wondering whether his music will be incorporated into one of the Strike novels.

From Marilyn Manson’s Twitter

On Friday 3rd December 2021, J.K. Rowling announced that she had finished writing the book and gave fans on Twitter the chance to guess the name of the title, giving us a black heart emoji as a clue. She then revealed the title to be The Ink Black Heart.

Shortly before the book cover and synopsis reveal, J.K. Rowling updated her Twitter header to a photo Highgate Cemetery, which we now know features on the cover of the book.

J.K. Rowling’s Twitter header.

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