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Friday, May 30, 2014

Review: The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith

Title: The Cuckoo's Calling
Author: Robert Galbraith
Narrator:  Robert Glenister
Publisher: Hachette Audio
Format: Unabridged Audio
Length: 15 hrs 54 mins
Publication: August 6, 2013
Source: Library
Genre: Mystery, Crime

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.

Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: His sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, known to her friends as the Cuckoo, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

You may think you know detectives, but you've never met one quite like Strike. You may think you know about the wealthy and famous, but you've never seen them under an investigation like this.

My Thoughts: When Cormoran Strike is asked to investigate the death of a former classmate's sister he knows this is his chance to get caught up on overdue debts. Even though Strike believes the death to be suicide, as it has been officially ruled, he provides top quality investigative skills. Strike is helped out along the way by his temp agency issued secretary, Robin. Strike's office is Robin's dream job and the tow form a formidable team. 

When I decided to read this book I had no idea that Robert Galbraith is a pseudonym for J.K. Rowling. Knowing this information would not have changed my decision in picking this read. I was impressed by this read the story started out slow but once things got moving it was nonstop. When it comes to mysteries I am usually clueless as to the villain and this story was no difference. I was completely blindsided when everything was laid out for me. I am looking forward to the next book due out this summer.

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