The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith description:
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.
Simple detective novels are not my thing. I usually need some hot steamy romance or a paranormal vibe, something to give it that extra oomph, but the Cuckoo’s Calling doesn’t need any extra at all. It is thrilling to the last page. I love how the story builds and you don’t get too much dropped on you about either character at once. Instead you see them grow and become clearer and you want to find out about their life as much as you want to know who the killer is. Another thing that sets this book a notch above the rest is the writing; Galbraith doesn’t mind using the full range of the English language. There is no dumbing it down, this is an intelligently written book that keeps you entrenched in the moments that are passing by. There is always something happening and that’s why there doesn’t need to have any of that extra jazz that a lot of other books rely on (even as I do enjoy those extra bits a plenty). These characters have full lives that you see them living, but those scenes aren’t used as down time or filler, in fact they’re just as important as the moments when they’re sleuthing, because even as you see those moments of their lives the case is still moving forward. Someone in detecting something.
Strike is definitely a hard-boiled detective, you can see gumshoe stamped all over him, this character could’ve asily stood side by side with Philip Marlowe. He’s smart and he knows how to get information, but he shows himself in a way that people easily underestimate him. But without Robin this story probably wouldn’t have been nearly as interesting. She’s engaged and so that took the idea of romance between her and Strike out of the picture, which honestly at first I was sad about, but I think it really makes their partnership that much more of a meeting of minds than people driven only by passion. Robin is living out a dream, she’s always loved the idea of being a detective, and when her temp job places her as Strike’s secretary you can feel how excited and overly thrilled she is just to be near the action. More so, she’s just as intelligent, and gives a wonderful other side to the story. Altogether this book was an incredible read.