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Sunday, 8 May 2016

Robert Galbraith - Cuckoos Calling

review written and read live on the bookshow by Brian Lowen May 2016

This is the first book that J K Rolling wrote under her new pseudonym and she had difficulty in getting it accepted, but she finally found a publisher willing to print the book and it was only later after the book had been published that somebody let out the secret that this was in fact J K Rolling who wrote it. I expect she wanted to prove that she could still get a book published without letting on who she was.

Anyway, it is hard to think that she did have a problem getting her book accepted for publication because it is an excellent novel.

It is here that we meet her new hero, a private detective who has the strange name of Cormoran Strike. He has recently been invalided out of the army after having his leg blown off in Afghanistan. He is quite a character, a large bloke still suffering from his injury and also now suffering the loss of his Fiancé

It is in this state that he meets Robin, a temp secretary who he has engaged from a firm called Temporary Solutions.

Strike only has a small, two-roomed office on the second floor of an old building and as he is broke and homeless, having been thrown out by his ex- girlfriend, has to sleep on a camp bed in his office. 

Things look up when he gets a job investigating the death of a famous young model, Lula who had allegedly fallen to her death from the balcony of her luxury apartment. Her brother thinks she was murdered, despite the police classing it as suicide, and he employs Strike to investigate.

Strike takes on the case and soon realises what a tremendous asset Robin is to the investigation and she willingly agrees to stay on after her initial two week period.

I thoroughly enjoyed the book and appreciated the way the two characters gradually come to work together on the case. The story bowls along with lots of questioning of everyone involved until it reaches a dramatic conclusion.

Recommended, and I have now started on the second book of three in the series.


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