|Detective Cormoran Strike investigates a murder. You might think you know detectives, but you’ve never met one quite like Strike.|
Al Rokeby – Cormoran Strike’s half-brother.
Aunt Joan – Strike’s aunt, who lives in Cornwall.
Charlotte Campbell – Strike’s ex-fiancé.
Christian Fisher – A London publisher.
Cormoran Strike – The main protagonist. The detective who investigates the Owen Quine case.
Daniel Chard – CEO of Roper Chard Publishing.
Dave Polworth – Strike’s oldest friend from Cornwall.
Dominic Culpepper – A journalist for whom Strike does the occasional job.
Edna – The Quines’ neighbor.
Elizabeth “Liz” Tassel – Owen Quine’s literary agent.
Ilsa Herbert – Strike’s old friend from Cornwall.
Jago Ross – Charlotte Campbell’s new fiancé.
Jerry Waldegrave – Owen Quine’s editor at Roper Chard publishing.
Joe North – Owen Quine and Michael Fancourt’s late friend.
Jonathan Ellacott – Robin’s youngest brother.
Jonny Rokeby – Strike’s biological father.
Kathryn Kent – Owen Quine’s lover.
Leda Strike – Strike’s late mother.
Leonora Quine – Owen Quine’s wife. Strike’s client.
Linda Ellacott – Robin’s mother.
Lucy Fantoni – Strike’s sister.
Matthew Cunliffe – Robin Ellacott’s fiancé.
Michael Ellacott – Robin’s father.
Michael Fancourt – A famous writer.
Nick Herbert – One of Strike’s oldest friends.
Nina Lascelles – An editor at Roper Chard who helps Strike.
Orlando Quine – Owen and Leonora Quine’s daughter.
Owen Quine – The murder victim, who is a famous-ish writer.
Pippa Midgley – One of Owen Quine’s former students and friends.
Richard Anstis – Strike’s friend and former army colleague who works for the Met.
Robin Ellacott – Cormoran Strike’s partner-in-training.
Tracey – Strike’s ex-girlfriend.
Uncle Ted – Strike’s uncle, who lives in Cornwall.