Title: The Cuckoo's Calling
Author: Robert Galbraith
Publication Year: 2013Publisher: Mulholland Books
Reader: Robert Glenister (nice job)
Date Completed: Aug - 2013
I finished the audio version of The Cuckoo's Calling a few weeks ago, and I was immediately thinking about the possibility of a next installment -- Hopefully, it's in the works.
In this crime/detective novel I was hooked immediately. A super-model, Lula Landry (aka Cuckoo) has fallen to her death from her penthouse balcony in London. Was it suicide or murder? Her (adopted) brother, John Bristow, does not believe Lula would take her own life, but the media has caused all sorts of rumors to fly.
Private detective Cormoran Strike, a former Army military man who lost his leg in Afghanistan has been hired to find out what really happened. He's a strong and interesting character who has a lot of baggage, but he's really intelligent and he knows the difference between right and wrong. He, combined with his female partner, 20-something Robin Ellacott, worked for a temp agency and was hooked up with Strike. She thinks she might want to be a PI. She's smart and bit abrasive, and together they made for an interesting twosome.
There were a lot of characters in the novel -- plenty rich and famous models and rock stars etc. Too many characters is usually a problem for me with an audio book, but I didn't find it too difficult to stick with the story. After Lulu's death has been established at the very beginning of the novel, I'd say the remainder of the first half of the book is about getting to know a little bit about each of the characters/suspects. The author does a great job of dosing out info slowly. The first half was mostly about getting to know the players but with no real clues to make you say, "he/she did it". It is only later on in the novel that more helpful info is revealed which made me anxious to try to narrow down likely suspects. I was satisfied with the way the story ended as well.
Although the story dragged in parts, I thought that the writing was very good. I would definitely read the next in a series if there is one.