A brilliant debut mystery in a classic vein: 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.
The Cuckoo's Calling was published April 30, 2013 by Little, Brown and Company.
J.K. Rowling's statement regarding The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith:
"I hoped to keep this secret a little longer, because being Robert Galbraith has been such a liberating experience! It has been wonderful to publish without hype or expectation and pure pleasure to get feedback from publishers and readers under a different name.
The upside of being rumbled is that I can publicly thank my editor David Shelley, who has been a true partner in crime, all those people at Little, Brown who have been working so hard on The Cuckoo’s Calling without realising that I wrote it, and the writers and reviewers, both in the newspapers and online, who have been so generous to the novel. And to those who have asked for a sequel, Robert fully intends to keep writing the series, although he will probably continue to turn down personal appearances."
After her success with the Harry Potter series and a somewhat disappointing foray into general fiction with Casual Vacancy (depending upon whose review you read), J.K. Rowling has revealed she is the mystery writer behind Robert Galbraith's mystery novel "The Cuckoo's Calling."
It sold incredibly well on its own merits, proving that JK Rowling's writing bears respect even without her famous name attached.
Now this inquiring mind wants to know who of you plan to read it now that you know JK Rowling wrote it? Do you think she needed to write under a pseudonym? Does this book's success prove her talent to you?