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Review: The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith aka JK Rowling

  • The Cuckoo's Calling
  • by Robert Galbraith
  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Mulholland Books (April 30, 2013)
  • ISBN-10: 0316206849
Lula Landry is a top supermodel whose apparent suicide is not accepted by her brother.  So he hires Cormoran Strike to find out the truth.  Cormoran Strike is a veteran with a prosthetic leg and a nowhere to go since his girlfriend kicked him out.  He is up to his eyeballs in debt and living in his PI office.



Lula's brother comes to him because he was once a friend of their brother Charlie.  Strike and his temp secretary, Robin, investigate to find out if it truly was a suicide or murder.  Robin is an incredibly likable and efficient character and adds a lot to the investigation and helping Cormoran through his hard times.

It was nice to see Rowling write something else I enjoyed.  (Haven't read Casual vacancy yet).  This is a good hard-boiled tale and quite different from Potter. This was a really good read, but paced slower than I might like.   Not a fan of his name - small detail.

Terri

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