The Cukoo’s Calling

Monday, April 4, 2016
Robert Galbraith
The Cukoo’s Calling

This is the first crime novel by J.K. Rowling, writing under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith.

The reader is introduced to Detective Cormoran Strike. After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. He 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, a childhood acquaintance, walks through his door with an amazing story: his sister, 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 and hires Strike to investigate her death. The case plunges Strike into the world of the rich and famous. With the assistance of his new secretary Robin, Strike is able to find evidence of murder.

The story is compelling and becomes a page turner about midway through the book. It does drag a bit in the beginning but as you get to know the characters you find yourself getting more and more interested in finding out what happens to Strike next. Rowling does a nice job of crafting her story with the right amount of suspense, twists, and turns, which is what a good “who done it” story needs to have.

Don’t mistake this book for children’s literature (Rowling’s claim to fame). This is an adult novel, as there is reference to drug use, adult situations, and an abundance of cursing, all of which are relevant to the character development.

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Barb C., Technical Services

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