“The Cuckoo’s Calling” by Robert Galbraith is a true throw-back to the “Who-dun-it” mysteries of old. Through each paragraph, page and chapter, the possible list of suspects increases as the story is spread before the reader like a delicious buffet inviting us to take part, but don’t fill up, because the best is yet to come.
Cormoran Strike is a large man in stature. Imposing and strong, he does not resemble your typical private detective. But, that is exactly what he is and, more than that, he’s good at it.
However, underneath all outward appearances, lies a man whose life has fallen apart. The product of a fling between a world famous rock-star and an all-to-eager, drugged-out groupie (both of whom are effectively out of his life), he found some peace in the structure and pattern of military life. That is, until he lost his leg. On top of that, he has just broken up with his long-time girlfriend, is sleeping on a cot in his office and can count the number of cases he has on one hand, missing three fingers.
However, his life is about to take another unexpected turn with the entrance of two different individuals.
Robin, recently engaged and looking forward to a quiet, happily married life never imagined the “temp” job that her agency has sent her on is as secretary for a private detective. But, that becomes the least of her surprises that day, when a new client walks in.
John Bristow is the brother of the recently deceased, Lula Landry. Lula was a stunning super-model and ground-breaking trendsetter who recently killed herself. Her brother, however, does not believe his sister committed suicide and wants Strike to investigate.
Thus begins, the story of “The Cuckoo’s Calling”, a non-stop, edge of your seat, mystery that has the reader certain they know who the killer is, only to reverse its course and point you in another direction.
It is also the beginning of a great team; the cunning detective and his brilliant and eager assistant. It is a coupling that begs further stories, further adventures and, perhaps, further closeness.
The author’s talent for story-telling is evident in the ease of reading, the pacing of the story and its satisfying conclusion. Almost, as if, this was not his first novel and he had been writing for years and years.
“The Cuckoo’s Calling” is a book for fans of great mystery novels and great novels, in general. It keeps you glued to its pages till the very conclusion and, even then, wanting more. Read it, you won’t be sorry. Oh, and for those readers who may not know, Robert Galbraith is a pseudonym.
"The Cuckoo's Calling" was written by J.K. Rowling.
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