Detective Cormoran Strike investigates a supermodel’s suicide. 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.
This review was originally posted on Goodreads.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I really liked this book. No flash. Just good writing. The entire time I was reading, I felt like she was laying it all out in front of me and that the killer was so obvious, maybe too obvious, and that when I got to the end, I’d feel really stupid. And sure enough, it was like a big “DUH” moment. I think the real mystery here was Cormoran Strike. What a great name! Is it Cormoran for the giant in Jack the Giant Killer – considering his size? Or Cormoran for the bird? Lots of bird references and names. Robin, Cuckoo. Anyway, I liked the unfolding of his personal life, of how he ended up sleeping on a camp bed in his office.His mother. The army. I liked the softening of his stance toward Robin, and the slow reveal of his genius, really. I’m positive he knew all along who the killer was.
Interesting note: “Robert Galbraith” has a whole lot to say about race, discrimination, wealth, beauty, and our perception and treatment of people not like us. Lots of social commentary. Very timely too.
My personal observation with the reveal of JKR as the writer: This is a really good book, with great reviews from the few people that had read it, but one that I’d never heard of until Rowling was exposed. What that says, not just about the state of publishing, but about the consumer is sad. Here’s this great book that no one was going to read b/c the supposed author wasn’t a big name. And now that it is a big name, sales are sky rocketing just b/c it’s Rowling. I checked it out from the library, but now that I’ve read it and liked it, I’ll buy it. And I’ll await impatiently for the next Cormoran Strike mystery.