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  • Published: New York, NY : Mulholland Books, 2013.
  • Year Published: 2013
  • Edition: 1st North American ed.
  • Description: 455 p. ; 25 cm.
  • Language: English
  • Format: Book

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  • 9780316206846
  • 0316206849

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The cuckoo's calling

by Galbraith, Robert.

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Call number: Mystery, Zoom Lends Book

Available Copies: Downtown 1st Floor, Downtown Storage Adult, Malletts Adult, Pittsfield Adult, Traverwood Adult, West Adult

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Originally published: Great Britain : Sphere, 2013.

"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, thelegendary 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."--Dust jacket.

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look out

Look out male mystery writers --there's a new girl in town. Rowlings has found a great new genre. Hope that she has a series planned for this P.I. and his assistant.

Good Mystery, Good Rowling

So what do you get when J. K. Rowling sits down to write a mystery?

First, it's a classic detective mystery. It fulfills all the expectations of the genre and doesn't try to be anything bigger or better or different. It fits with all the familiar patterns of this kind of book. It also isn't one of those dark mysteries where everyone is scum. The detective and his secretary are unusually appealing characters, I think I may like them better than any Potter characters I have previously encountered. Some of the people they meet are nice too.

If I hadn't known it was Rowling, I would have thought this a promising beginning for yet another of those mystery endless series, so we'd be seeing books labeled "A Cormoran Strike Mystery" for the next twenty or thirty years. Who knows, maybe we will. I'm past trying to predict what Rowling will write next. (Except that I'll bet that someday, years and years from now, she'll return to fantasy (but not to Harry Potter).)

Second, as mysteries go, it's pretty good. It avoids at least two of the major cop-outs of lazy mystery writers. In a lot of mysteries, the "detective" flails around at random, hitting a clue or two by luck, until the villain panics and attacks the detective, thus revealing himself as the villain and absolving the "detective" from any need to do any actual work. Cormoran Strike is not that kind of detective. He actually investigates systematically and plausibly, collecting lots of information by talking to lots of people. The other lazy trick some writers use is maintaining suspense by not giving the reader all the information the detective has, until the final revelation. Rowling lets us know everything that Strike knows. She withholds most of the conclusions he draws until the end, but you have at least a chance of solving this mystery yourself if you read carefully.

Because it is a real investigation, and because she is giving you all the clues (amid plenty of other non-clues), most of the book consists of Mr. Strike interviewing one person after another. This can get a bit draggy, and that's probably why a lot of writers take short cuts to avoid that. Rowling minimizes the problem, but doesn't entirely erase it, by making the people being interviewed diverse and interesting. I can only assume that she is going out of her way to challenge herself as a writer by diving into a new genre and never taking the easy way out. Very cool.

great read!

This book is so well written that I suspect that some years down the road we will hear the author's name is a pseudonym of some famous writer. Lots of description made one feel like another occupant in the scene. You could feel the weather, the tension, the pain, the atmosphere in the gatherings. The Audible version had great accents. It is a wonderful mystery with a surprise ending, and I look forward to more by the same author.

Read it twice!

I thought this book was excellent. I had a few theories throughout for how I thought it would end, and I was pleasantly surprised to be wrong about all of them. I am now reading it for a second time to pick up on the clues left throughout. Like a lot of people who may read this one, I'm a bigger J.K. Rowling fan than I am a mystery fan, but I was completely satisfied by this book. She does an amazing job of fulling fleshing out characters in a relatively short book.

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