Book Review: The Cuckoo’s Calling – Robert Galbraith (AKA J.K. Rowling)

The Cuckoo's Calling (Cormoran Strike, #1)
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 as 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.

3/5 stars (liked it)
The book starts out with Cormoran Strike just breaking up with his girlfriend Charlotte.  His private investigator business is not doing well; he owes money and has no place to live.  Also introduced is a woman named Robin, recently engaged and looking for a job.  She becomes Cormoran’s assistant.  He being a private person who doesn’t want anyone to know who that he is the son of a famous Rock legend or the fact that he lost his leg and Robin who respects his privacy but at the same time knows how to find information.  The case that Strike gets involves a model named Lulu Landry.  Her brother John Bristow cannot accept that police believe it was a suicide and wants Cormoran to find out the truth.  Through his investigative skills as well as Robin’s help he finds out whether or not it was a suicide and what was happening in Lulu’s life those last few days.  This book kept me guessing until the very end.  I will definitely be reading another book involving Cormoran.

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