The Cuckoo's Calling

The Cuckoo's Calling - Robert Galbraith Cormoran Strike is a down on his luck PI in London England. After his most recent fight with his girlfriend he is living in office, avoiding his creditors and wondering how his two remaining clients are going to help him earn enough to get to the end of the week. Then two fortuitous things happen; Robin, the temp the agency sent happens to have a hidden talent for investigative work and the brother of a recently deceased super-model hires Strike to prove she was murdered. Things are definitely looking up. The only thing he has to do is solve the case.

Sounds pretty cliché and it is. This book has all the tried and true hallmarks of a detective novel; it’s gritty, the characters reside either in the underbelly or the top echelon of society, the wealthy client arrives in the nick of time to save the day, the pretty and (surprise) smart assistant and of course all the necessary red herrings. Yup, they are all there. If you like the gritty detective genre you will enjoy this book. It left me a little flat. The only saving grace to this book was the ending. Good job Ms. Rowling, I honestly did not see it coming.

There was such hoopla surrounding this book when the big discovery was “leaked” that Robert Galbraith was really J.K. Rowling. Yes, it’s always interesting to discover that a well-known author has penned a book under a pseudonym. It’s happened before … Richard Bachman/ Stephen King … but no matter which author is involved I always suspect the “leak” comes as the result of floundering sales for the unknown pseudonym. It sure perked up sales for this book.