Review: The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith (aka J.K. Rowling)

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Registered: 03-05-2005
Review: The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith (aka J.K. Rowling)
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Thu, 02-20-2014 - 3:12pm

After being extremely disappointed in her first post Harry Potter work (The Casual Vacancy), I wasn't in a hurry to read JKR's next offering.  In fact, if it hadn't been on sale for Nook I would have skipped it altogether.  So I was pleasantly surprised to find that this was a really excellent mystery novel.  It was fast paced with flawed, but engaging, characters and JKR's trademark humor.  I have high hopes for the next installment of the series.  Synopsis below:

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, thelegendary 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.


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Registered: 06-13-2008

 I quite enjoyed it as well. I didn't read The Casual Vacany because the synopsis didn't interest me so I didn't go into it with any preconceived notions.

 Kathie

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Registered: 06-13-2008

 I just read that the second book in the series is called The Silkworm and it comes out the end of June.

 Kathie

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Registered: 03-05-2005

I hope it's as good as the first one.

 


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