Today’s book note comes to us from Kathleen Arthur, Evening Circulation Supervisor:
The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith PR6068.O93 C83 2013
I suggest finishing any tasks of life-or-death importance before starting The Cuckoo’s Calling because the oft-overused praise “I couldn’t put it down” actually applies to this one. If the title sounds familiar to you it may be because there was a minor media furor a while back when the author Robert Galbraith was outed as J.K. Rowling writing under a pen-name Though the mature subject matter and tone are refreshingly different from that of her Harry Potter books*, fans will recognize Rowling’s understated humor and ability to craft complex, flawed characters whom we nonetheless come to love.
The story centers on war veteran Cormoran Strike who is struggling to make ends meet with his private detective business while dealing with a series of challenges in his private life. When the brother of world-famous model Lula Landry asks Strike to investigate her apparent suicide, Strike and his temp agency secretary Robin (a young, recently-engaged London newbie) find that the circumstances surrounding the model’s death are more complicated anyone imagined. Let’s hope there are sequels!
*The Harry Potter books are awesome. Read them too if you haven’t done that yet.