The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith (J.K Rowling), Finished reading on November 9th, 2013
“When a troubled model falls to her death from a snow-covered Mayfair balcony, it is assumes that she has committed suicide. However, her brother has his doubts, and calls in private investigator Cormoran Strike to look into the case. Strike is a war veteran – wounded both physically and psychologically – and his life is in disarray. The case gives him a financial lifeline, but it comes at a personal cost: the more he delves into the young model’s complex world, the darker things get and the closer he gets to terrible danger. ..
A gripping, elegant mystery steeped in the atmosphere of London – from the hushed streets of Mayfair to the backstreet pubs of the East End to the bustle of Soho – Cormoran Strike, this is the acclaimed first crime novel by J.k Rowling, writing under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith.”
Well, if this book had not come under limelight for the whole pseudonym issue, I would not have read it (at least not so early in my reading list). I picked up this book as if I got something back which was supposed to be lost forever. I miss Harry Potter terribly and often feels like I should go and re-read the series once more. Let me wait for few more years so that the memory of Harry and his magic starts fading from my brain. Till then I really hope, JKR will keep on writing more. Anyway whatever she writes there is magic in it. So It goes without saying that I read this book with reverence.
In my teens I used to devour detective stories. So no matter what I read a dejavu is an assured feeling at some point or the other whenever I try my hands on this genre. Cormoran Strike, a homeless, struggling private detective is offered a plump offer to investigate the suicide of a beautiful model. His temporary assistant, Robin, provides him the necessary support to hold on to his feet(sometimes literally as well) in the time of need. Though the outline sounds similar, the story is unique and I like the way it proceeds. Story proceeds by interviews of different persons and their narration of the Suicide and the Person who died.
Liked the book, its an interesting investigative story that too without much action. The hero is altogether a sorry and subdued figure who fights his way to our heart. So obviously I did not expect much action either. It was a pure intellectual game for the hero and its portrayed well accommodating his physical and psychological limitations. Must read for all those who like this genre.