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.
Sunday, October 26, Book Review: Naturally, as soon as the true authorship of the debut novel of the new Cormoran Strike detective series was made public, the book catapulted onto best-seller lists and made the pots of money that any book by the author of the Harry Potter series is bound to make.
For Rowling, it was an opportunity to be reviewed on her own merits, as a writer of detective fiction, and without any reference to her phenomenal popular success, her status as a billionaire, or the various forms of pettiness that seem to attach themselves to her work, either in anger that the new book is not related to the Wizarding world or in ill temper that she attained a form of unprecedented literary success that will most likely never be repeated.
Both a fascinating experiment in critical reputation and an incredible concession to Rowling, the decision to back the pseudonymic ruse gave the first Cormoran Strike novel a fair chance to be judged on its own merits.
On a deeper level, I do not feel that plot is particularly important as long as characters are compelling, and the mystery genre tends to favor plot over character. I would find it difficult to name any contemporary mystery writers. Thus, I forgo any attempt to fit the novel into the current mystery landscape.
Strike is described as a big burly man, not handsome, with "pubey" hair. I expect you can run faster now than you could before!
This aspect of the novel endeared it to me greatly. Like the later Harry Potter novels, the first chapter has omniscient narration and lays out a fundamental scene, the catalyst for future events, while the protagonist is not present.
In this case, the stage is set outside of a posh London apartment building where the body of model Lula Landry lies on the pavement in the snow.
The rest of the novel stays with Strike and, less frequently, with Robin, as they interview witnesses, collect evidence, and solve the case.
The pacing is fairly slow, much slower than in The Casual Vacancy, but Rowling is an adept at both pithy dialogue and subtly planting clues and red herrings. Rowling is a master of complex structure, peeling back the layers of the narrative for the reader, fitting the various puzzle pieces of the plot neatly but not too much so.The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith – review JK Rowling's authorship revelation has transformed the fortunes of this enjoyable crime novel – but her formidable storytelling talents were.
Book Review: The Cuckoo’s Calling. September 15, Sarah Dickinson Books to Read, Fiction, Mysteries/Thrillers 0. The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith (aka J.K. Rowling), Fiction (Released April, ) Bottom Line: Read it. Had the book been a little shorter, it would have been more better.
But maybe a powerful story of the rich and famous needed all the drama in it. I enjoyed the book thoroughly, inspite of guessing the ending half way through. The Cuckoo's Calling is a crime fiction novel by J. K. Rowling, published under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith.
A brilliant mystery in a classic vein: Detective Cormoran Strike investigates a supermodel's regardbouddhiste.coms: 11K. Submitting a Book for Review; Write the Editor; You are here: Home; Reviews; The Cuckoo's Calling; The Cuckoo's Calling.
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These days, you’ll find the private investigator in his central London office, which sounds much posher than it . Book Review: The Cuckoo’s Calling. September 15, Sarah Dickinson Books to Read, Fiction, Mysteries/Thrillers 0.
The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith (aka J.K. Rowling), Fiction (Released April, ) Bottom Line: Read it.