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* DepravedHomosexual: Played with. His handsome male staff members seem scared of him, with one even implied to have ''attacked'' him, and he's definitely creepy. [[spoiler:But he's not the murderer]].



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* DaddysGirl: Which is ironic, since Leonora looks after her all the time and Owen is barely ever present.



* MoralityPet: For Owen, who is otherwise a totally unlikeable JerkAss.




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* AdaptationalNameChange: He's called Andrew in the TV adaptation, for reasons not entirely clear.




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* AdaptedOut: She isn't present in the TV adaptation.




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* AdaptedOut: She also isn't present in the TV adaptation.

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* BlackmailIsSuchAnUglyWord: How he blackmailed [[spoiler:Liz]] upon [[spoiler:Michael Fancourt's first wife's suicide]], which only he knows [[spoiler:was caused by a scathing review Liz wrote]].


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* PetTheDog:
** His love for his daughter Orlando.
** Also the revelation that [[spoiler:he really ''did'' write a loving and affectionate story about Katherine and Pippa, it was just covered up by Liz]].


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* WeUsedToBeFriends: Michael, Liz, and Owen were all friends, but were gradually driven apart over time, professional jealousy, and death.


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* LoveMakesYouCrazy: Her obsession with [[spoiler:Michael Farncourt]] led to her [[spoiler:writing the review that pushed his wife to suicide]].


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* OldMaid: She's in her 60s and never married, but she's also associated with the less pleasant parts of this trope, such as being ugly and abrasive.
* SamusIsAGirl: That piece of writing by Michael Fancourt in Oxford? She wrote it. This is also [[spoiler:a hint that she also wrote the other version of Bombyx Mori]].


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* FamilyMan: He genuinely adores his bitchy, spoiled daughter, and it devastates him when [[spoiler:Bombyx Mori reveals she isn't actually his daughter to everyone]].


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* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: He was genuinely devastated by his first wife's suicide.


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* ParentalSurrogate: To Pippa.


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* TransTribulations: Makes constant reference to having suffered these, but they're mostly PlayedForLaughs.


* [[EvenEvilHasLovedOnes Even Jerkasses have Loved Ones]]: He seems to genuinely care about his daughter.

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* [[EvenEvilHasLovedOnes Even Jerkasses have Have Loved Ones]]: He seems to genuinely care about his daughter.



* SmallNameBigEgo: His novels after his OneHitWonder were panned and he never enjoyed much commercial success or fame. This doesn't stop him from believing himself to be a misunderstood genius.

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* SmallNameBigEgo: His novels after his OneHitWonder ''Hobart's Sin'' were panned and he never enjoyed much commercial success or fame. This doesn't stop him from believing himself to be a misunderstood genius.



* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler:She eventually becomes cordial towards Cormoran and Robin, once she realizes that he wasn’t sent by Leonora to harm or [[{{Frameup}} frame] her.]]

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* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler:She [[spoiler: She eventually becomes cordial towards Cormoran and Robin, once she realizes that he wasn’t sent by Leonora to harm or [[{{Frameup}} frame] frame]] her.]]



* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler:She eventually becomes cordial towards Cormoran and Robin, once she realizes that he wasn’t sent by Leonora to harm or [[{{Frameup}} frame]] her.]]

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* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler:She [[spoiler: She eventually becomes cordial towards Cormoran and Robin, once she realizes that he wasn’t sent by Leonora to harm or [[{{Frameup}} frame]] her.]]


* {{Foil}}: Leonora Quine is an excellent foil for Cormoran's [[Literature/TheCuckoosCalling previous client, John Bristow]]. John is an unusually extroverted man; fiercely protective of his surviving family; convinced that his sister's death was a murder rather than a suicide; [[spoiler:flies under the radar of both the police and Strike for the entire case; and is ultimately revealed to be Lula's killer]]. Leonora is an unusually introverted woman; shows subtle but devoted concern about her daughter's health at all times, even ahead of her own well-being; shows little to no interest in her husband's whereabouts following his disappearance, [[spoiler:and takes his death with an unusual amount of grace]]. [[spoiler:She is immediately tagged as a suspect in his murder, and is even arrested at one point. Unlike Bristow, however, she is completely innocent.]]

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* {{Foil}}: Leonora Quine is an excellent foil for Cormoran's [[Literature/TheCuckoosCalling previous client, John Bristow]]. John is an unusually extroverted man; fiercely protective of his surviving family; convinced that his sister's death was a murder rather than a suicide; [[spoiler:flies under the radar of both the police and Strike for the entire case; and is ultimately revealed to be Lula's killer]]. Leonora is an unusually introverted woman; shows subtle but devoted concern about her daughter's health at all times, even ahead of her own well-being; shows little to no interest in her husband's whereabouts following his disappearance, [[spoiler:and takes his death with an unusual amount of grace]]. [[spoiler:She [[spoiler:[[IncriminatingIndifference She is immediately tagged as a suspect in his murder, murder]], and is even arrested at one point. Unlike Bristow, however, she is completely innocent.]]



* NoSocialSkills: Leonora comes off as extremely brusque in her dealing with everyone except her daughter and doesn’t display many emotions when you would expect her to. [[spoiler:This helps convince the police and the press that she murdered her husband.]]

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* NoSocialSkills: Leonora comes off as extremely brusque in her dealing with everyone except her daughter and doesn’t display many emotions when you would expect her to. [[spoiler:This [[spoiler:[[IncriminatingIndifference This helps convince the police and the press that she murdered her husband.]]]]]]



Owen Quine’s mentally disabled daughter

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Owen Quine’s mentally disabled daughterdaughter.



* GenderBlenderName: Orlando is a...unique name for a girl.

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* GenderBlenderName: Orlando is a... unique name for a girl.



Owen Quine’s long time literary agent.

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Owen Quine’s long time long-time literary agent.



Owen Quine’s long time editor.

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Owen Quine’s long time long-time editor.



* TheWoobie: When the contents of ''Bombyx Mori'' come to light, it destroys his career, costs him his marriage and turns him into an alcoholic.

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* TheWoobie: When the contents of ''Bombyx Mori'' come to light, it destroys his career, costs him his marriage marriage, and turns him into an alcoholic.



A famous bestselling author with a decades old feud with Quine.

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A famous bestselling author with a decades old decades-old feud with Quine.



* {{Hypocrite}}: He is furious at both Liz and Owen for the anonymous parody believed to be written by Owen of his wife's work that drove her to suicide. But according to Liz Tassel he had made a career out of similar writings.

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* {{Hypocrite}}: He is furious at both Liz and Owen for the anonymous parody of his wife's work, believed to be written by Owen of his wife's work Owen, that drove her to suicide. But according to Liz Tassel Tassel, he had made a career out of similar writings.



* WeUsedToBeFriends: Back in the day he and Quine used to be extremely close.

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* WeUsedToBeFriends: Back in the day day, he and Quine used to be extremely close.



* NoSocialSkills: His behavior is ''bizarre'', to put it mildly

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* NoSocialSkills: His behavior is ''bizarre'', to put it mildlymildly.



* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler: She eventually becomes cordial towards Cormoran and Robin, once she realizes that he wasn’t sent by Leonora to harm or frame her.]]

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* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler: She [[spoiler:She eventually becomes cordial towards Cormoran and Robin, once she realizes that he wasn’t sent by Leonora to harm or frame [[{{Frameup}} frame] her.]]



* ThoseTwoGuys: After a certain point in the novel she only appears or is mentioned together with Pippa.

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* ThoseTwoGuys: After a certain point in the novel novel, she only appears or is mentioned together with Pippa.



* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler: She eventually becomes cordial towards Cormoran and Robin, once she realizes that he wasn’t sent by Leonora to harm or frame her.]]

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* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler: She [[spoiler:She eventually becomes cordial towards Cormoran and Robin, once she realizes that he wasn’t sent by Leonora to harm or frame [[{{Frameup}} frame]] her.]]



* ThoseTwoGuys: After a certain point in the novel she only appears or is mentioned together with Kathryn.

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* ThoseTwoGuys: After a certain point in the novel novel, she only appears or is mentioned together with Kathryn.


* {{Foil}}: Leonora Quine is an excellent foil for Cormoran's [[Literature/TheCuckoosCalling previous client, John Bristow.]] John is an unusually extroverted man; fiercely protective of his surviving family; convinced that his sister's death was a murder rather than a suicide; [[spoiler: flies under the radar of both the police and Strike for the entire case and is ultimately revealed to be Lula's killer.]] Leonora is an unusually introverted woman; shows subtle but devoted concern about her daughter's health at all times, even ahead of her own well-being; shows little to no interest in her husband's whereabouts following his disappearance [[spoiler: and takes his death with an unusual amount of grace. She is immediately tagged as a suspect in his murder, and is even arrested at one point. Unlike Bristow, however, she is completely innocent.]]

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* {{Foil}}: Leonora Quine is an excellent foil for Cormoran's [[Literature/TheCuckoosCalling previous client, John Bristow.]] Bristow]]. John is an unusually extroverted man; fiercely protective of his surviving family; convinced that his sister's death was a murder rather than a suicide; [[spoiler: flies [[spoiler:flies under the radar of both the police and Strike for the entire case case; and is ultimately revealed to be Lula's killer.]] killer]]. Leonora is an unusually introverted woman; shows subtle but devoted concern about her daughter's health at all times, even ahead of her own well-being; shows little to no interest in her husband's whereabouts following his disappearance [[spoiler: and disappearance, [[spoiler:and takes his death with an unusual amount of grace. She grace]]. [[spoiler:She is immediately tagged as a suspect in his murder, and is even arrested at one point. Unlike Bristow, however, she is completely innocent.]]



* NoSocialSkills: Leonora comes off as extremely brusque in her dealing with everyone except her daughter and doesn’t display many emotions when you would expect her. [[spoiler:This helps convince the police and the press that she murdered her husband]].

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* NoSocialSkills: Leonora comes off as extremely brusque in her dealing with everyone except her daughter and doesn’t display many emotions when you would expect her. her to. [[spoiler:This helps convince the police and the press that she murdered her husband]].husband.]]


* HypocriticalHumor: Her blog is [[RougeAnglesOfSatin rife with misspellings and grammatical errors]], yet she has a tongue-in-cheek "Keep Calm and Proofread" coffee mug.

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* HypocriticalHumor: Her blog is [[RougeAnglesOfSatin rife with misspellings and grammatical errors]], yet she has a tongue-in-cheek "Keep Calm Clam and Proofread" coffee mug.



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* ThoseTwoGuys: After a certain point in the novel she only appears or is mentioned in together with Pippa.

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* ThoseTwoGuys: After a certain point in the novel she only appears or is mentioned in together with Pippa.



* ThoseTwoGuys: After a certain point in the novel she only appears or is mentioned in together with Kathryn.

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* ThoseTwoGuys: After a certain point in the novel she only appears or is mentioned in together with Kathryn.


A junior editor ad Roper Chard.

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A junior editor ad at Roper Chard.


* IncurableCoughOfDeath: She spends the entire book with a wheezing cough [[spoiler:which is actually a side of effect of inhaling acidic fumes]].

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* IncurableCoughOfDeath: She spends the entire book with a wheezing cough [[spoiler:which is actually a side of effect of inhaling acidic fumes]].fumes from Hydrochloric acid]].


* LoveMartyr: Owen treated her like shit for decades, but she sticked with him through it all.

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* LoveMartyr: Owen treated her like shit for decades, but she sticked stuck with him through it all.


[[folder: Richard Anstis]]
!!Richard Anstis

A detective with the Metropolitan Police who was involved in the incident that cost Strike his leg.

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[[folder: Richard Anstis]]
!!Richard Anstis

A detective with the Metropolitan Police who was involved in the incident that cost Strike his leg.
Kathryn Kent]]
!! Kathryn Kent

Quine’s mistress and talentless aspiring writer.



* FriendOnTheForce: He starts off as this, but becomes more antagonistic towards Strike [[spoiler: when Leonora is arrested for the murder]].
* InspectorLestrade: He has shades of this. Strike considers him a competent investigator, but lacking in imagination.

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* FriendOnTheForce: He starts off as this, but becomes more antagonistic towards Strike HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler: when She eventually becomes cordial towards Cormoran and Robin, once she realizes that he wasn’t sent by Leonora to harm or frame her.]]
* HerCodeNameWasMarySue: Her writing
is arrested for absolutely dreadful and has been rejected by every publisher in London.
* HypocriticalHumor: Her blog is [[RougeAnglesOfSatin rife with misspellings and grammatical errors]], yet she has a tongue-in-cheek "Keep Calm and Proofread" coffee mug.
* ThoseTwoGuys: After a certain point in
the murder]].
* InspectorLestrade: He has shades of this. Strike considers him a competent investigator, but lacking
novel she only appears or is mentioned in imagination.together with Pippa.



[[folder: Kathryn Kent]]
!! Kathryn Kent

Quine’s mistress and talentless aspiring writer.

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[[folder: Kathryn Kent]]
Pippa Midgley]]
!! Kathryn Kent

Quine’s mistress
Pippa Midgley

A transgender woman undergoing therapy ahead of gender reassignment surgery. She was very close with Quine
and talentless aspiring writer. Kathryn.



* HerCodeNameWasMarySue: Her writing is absolutely dreadful and has been rejected by every publisher in London.
* HypocriticalHumor: Her blog is [[RougeAnglesOfSatin rife with misspellings and grammatical errors]], yet she has a tongue-in-cheek "Keep Calm and Proofread" coffee mug.
* ThoseTwoGuys: After a certain point in the novel she only appears or is mentioned in together with Pippa.

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* HerCodeNameWasMarySue: IneffectualSympatheticVillain: Her writing is absolutely dreadful and has been rejected by every publisher in London.
* HypocriticalHumor: Her blog is [[RougeAnglesOfSatin rife
attempts to deal with misspellings and grammatical errors]], yet she has a tongue-in-cheek "Keep Calm and Proofread" coffee mug.
[[spoiler:Strike]] are downright laughable.
* ThoseTwoGuys: After a certain point in the novel she only appears or is mentioned in together with Pippa.Kathryn.




[[folder: Pippa Midgley]]
!! Pippa Midgley

A transgender woman undergoing therapy ahead of gender reassignment surgery. She was very close with Quine and Kathryn.
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* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler: She eventually becomes cordial towards Cormoran and Robin, once she realizes that he wasn’t sent by Leonora to harm or frame her.]]
* IneffectualSympatheticVillain: Her attempts to deal with [[spoiler:Strike]] are downright laughable.
* ThoseTwoGuys: After a certain point in the novel she only appears or is mentioned in together with Kathryn.
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* HypocriticalHumor: Her blog is [[RougeAnglesOfSatin rife with misspellings and grammatical errors]], yet she has a tongue-in-cheek "Keep Clam and Proofread" coffee mug.

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* HypocriticalHumor: Her blog is [[RougeAnglesOfSatin rife with misspellings and grammatical errors]], yet she has a tongue-in-cheek "Keep Clam Calm and Proofread" coffee mug.


* OneHitWonder: His first novel ''Hobart's Sin'' was a great success with the critics, but nothing he has written since has come even close to match it.

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* OneHitWonder: His first novel ''Hobart's Sin'' was a great success with the critics, but nothing he has written since has come even close to match it. [[invoked]]


* EveryoneIsJesusInPurgatory: He actually writes novels geared toward the people who analyze in this fashion.

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* EveryoneIsJesusInPurgatory: He actually writes novels geared toward the people who analyze in this fashion.[[invoked]]

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