Author: Robert Galbraith
Published: April 20th 2013
Length: 455 pages
Publisher: Mulholland Books
Cormoran Strike is a man who’s down on his luck. He has lost his on again off again fiancee Charlotte for good, is in debt up to his eyeballs and almost sends his brand new temp secretary failing down the staircase to his office on her first day. As Strike’s luck seemed to be on it’s last leg, he is approached by a John Bristow, the adoptive brother of the late Lula Lowry, a young supermodel who supposedly committed suicide by jumping off the balcony of her luxury apartment.
While Cormoran initially has his doubts about John’s theory that Lula did not commit suicide and was actually murdered, John gives him enough evidence and personal conviction to take the case. Bristow is prepared to pay top dollar to bring his sister’s death to justice.
As Strike begins to investigate Lula’s case, we learn that his current lack of clients (or social stability) are in no way a reflection of his skils. Strike works at his own pace, often leaving everyone around him stretching their heads wondering why he is wasting his time with things the police have already disproved or found irrelevant. In time, he shows everyone that he is still on top of his game, and can prove what really happened the night Lula died.
The Cuckoo’s Calling is everything you could want in a good crime novel—realistic yet intriguing characters, clues to sort through and enough mystery to keep you second guessing your assumptions until the very end.
Galbraith’s second Strike novel, The Silkworm was published in July of 2014. Robert Galbraith is a psynonum for world famous author J.K. Rowling.