Having been (who am I kidding? I still am) a devoted fan of the Harry Potter series, I jumped at the chance to read J.K. Rowling’s first novel for adults, The Casual Vacancy. Yet I was largely disappointed and unengaged during my many attempts to appreciate it. When I heard, however, that she had written a new novel, The Cuckoo’s Calling, under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith, I jumped at the opportunity to give her a chance to redeem herself. Luckily J.K Rowling writing as Robert Galbraith did not disappoint, despite the lackluster title.
The novel revolves around the sudden death of young model and starlet Lula Landry, fondly known as Cuckoo by her close friends. Deemed a suicide, Lula’s death gains much unwanted public attention and speculation, including conspiracy theories that her death may have been a calculated murder. In the wake of these rumors, a private investigator and ex-military policeman named Cormoran Strike is hired by Landry’s brother to examine the case of the starlet’s fatal fall.
Strike is plunged into the lives of the rich and famous, carefully examining their secrets and fallacies as he dives into his investigation. Before long, Strike too begins to believe in the conspiracy and is hard at work to prove himself a successful investigator with his only case and his failing business in hand.
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