Book Review: The Cuckoo’s Calling

Author: Robert Galbraith
Language: English
Year: 2013
Verdict: Average

Well, it will take a little time to be accustomed with the unusual character of Cormoran Strike. He is not like any typical hero of a detective story. He is big, he is hairy and he has a prosthetic leg.

Unlike Holmes, he does not have the super-intellectual deductive power or unlike Poiret he is not obsessed with his mustache or cleanliness. His only specificity is that he is very thorough in his investigations.

Strike has a screwed up life. Even if you discount the war, where he lost his leg; both of his personal and professional lives are not going good. He just broke up with his longtime girl friend, all case he ever handle were petty and he has a huge debt on his head. In addition to that, police or any other law and order authorities are never on his side. Most of the time he has to sneak in to grab an information or steal interviews with witnesses.

And then there is Robin. She starts her first day as Strike’s temporary secretary. Luckily for him, she is as meticulous as he is, and as a bonus, she is very discrete as well. Although Robin joins this job as a temp, she gets drawn into the unusual life style of the broke detective. An yet to be defined relationship materialized between them in the course of this story.

The mystery begins, when a very famous super model committed suicide by jumping from the balcony of her own apartment. However her foster brother never accepted the fact that she can do such act. He knew Cormoran as a boy and when he found out that he is a private eye, he came to him seeking help. He gets his help alright, but it did not end well for him.

Although the story has a taste of reality in it, but the ending seemed very far fetched. I expected a little more from the writer of Harry Potter. Then again, her first two books were also not that well cooked. And this is her first mystery novel, I hope she will get better with time.

All and all it is a good read.

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