Saturday, September 6, 2014

Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith

The Cuckoo's Calling (Cormoran Strike Series #1)

Overview from Barnes and Noble:

A brilliant debut mystery in a classic vein: Detective Cormoran Strike investigates a supermodel's suicide.
After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Strike is down to one client, and creditors are calling. He has also just broken up with his longtime girlfriend and is living in his office.
Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: His sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, known to her friends as the Cuckoo, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.
You may think you know detectives, but you've never met one quite like Strike. You may think you know about the wealthy and famous, but you've never seen them under an investigation like this.
Introducing Cormoran Strike, this is the acclaimed first crime novel by J.K. Rowling, writing under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith.
Winner of the 2013 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Mystery/Thriller
My thoughts:
I wasn't sure if I wanted to read another book by J.K. Rowling under the pen name Robert Galbratih because I really did not care for The Casual Vacancy.  When I read it I didn't find any characters to be the least bit likeable or redeemable, but I am happy to say that this time around I enjoyed the book much more.
I enjoyed the mystery and the behind the scenes distractions for Cormoran, living in his office because he broke up with his girlfriend, having a temporary secretary who is excellent, but that he is unsure he will be able to pay or keep on, a cast of witnesses and family that alternate between helpful and obstructive and doubts about the past and the future and what really happened.  It all comes together, slowly and surely to reveal the truth about the night that a famous and troubled model fell to her death from the balcony at her home.  This is one of my favorite kinds of mysteries, with clues and ideas that lead towards the big reveal, but that also sidetrack into other revealings of their own.

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316206853
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Publication date: 4/29/2014
  • Series: Cormoran Strike Series , #1
  • Pages: 464

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