Wednesday, November 27, 2013

The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith

The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith

Miss the noir feel of a Mickey Spillane or Sam Spade mystery?  Then don’t pass this one by!  Cormoran Strike is down on his luck, but things seem to be turning around.  He finally has an efficient secretary (even though she’s technically only a temp), double his paying clients (even though that means only two) and, well, everything else actually isn’t really that great.  But his new case, looking into the circumstances surrounding the suicide of a famous model for her brother, who thinks she was actually pushed, is taking all his time, energy and focus. 

This is definitely one of the best mysteries I have read in a long time.  I couldn’t put it down!  Red herrings, leads that (seem) to dead end, and just enough clues so you can figure the mystery out if you’re as cool as Strike.  (I, sadly, am not that cool; he needed to tie it all together for me.) 

Yes, this is the book that J.K. Rowling of Harry Potter fame wrote under a pseudonym.  She tried to keep her identity under wraps, but we all know how that went.  I have to say I would have never guessed that the same writer wrote Harry and Cormoran.  A great start to a private detective series!