J.K.Rowling wrote The Cuckoo’s Calling under the name of Robert Galbraith. This is a criminal novel about a supermodel Lula Landry who fell from a balcony and died, and her death was determined by to Police as a suicide. Lula’s brother John Bristow, does not believe that Lula killed herself so he hired Cormoran Strike, a private investigator to uncover the truth. I like and read a lot of criminal novels and I have to say that this one is just average. I like the characters very much. The author did a great job creating well defined characters, you know what to expect from them, it makes them more believable. I like the plot. The story kept me interested all the way through and what I really enjoyed is that I did not know to the end who was the killer. I have to say I was quite surprised when the story unwind with somewhat un-expecting finale.
What I did not like about this book was the long and tedious descriptions of events. Strike’s long conversations with others would goes on and on. Sometimes I was losing my focus and had to go back to pages before to get my mind on to the right track. I think the author made this story little too complicated and at the end many of the facts were not even explained. Still good enough book to read and I am looking forward to reading the sequel.
After reading the “Cuckoo’s Calling” I was looking forward to the second novel by J.K Rowling ( written as Robert Galbraith) “The Silkworm”. The author made a smooth transition from the first novel to the second book; it felt like a continuation the first one.
Cormoran Strike is a disabled war veteran turned private detective who is hired by a wife of a writer, Owen Quine, to investigate Owen’s disappearance. Strike quickly discovers that Owen was murdered and Mrs. Quine became the number one suspect. As in “The Cuckoo’s Calling” , Strike set up to prove the Police wrong and is determined to find the real killer. The story takes us into the twisted world of publishing and book writing, where the “cut throat business”, back stabbing and jealousy creates a complicated puzzle for Strike in his search for the truth.
I like the development of the main characters, Strike stays true to himself but by no means is he an angel. He uses people when it suits him, pretends to care if he needs and refuses to accept help even if he knows it hurts others. The relationship between Strike and his secretary Robin is a nice twist. I like Robin, she is clever, brave and ambitious. She had to finally admit to Strike as to why she wants to work for him, and put her engagement to Mathew to the test (Matt is unhappy with Robin’s choice of work and is jealous of Strike).
Overall good book, but I still have some complains. As with The Cuckoo’s Calling, the book could be 50 pages shorter, there is lot of monologues that I feel are too long and not necessary. The conversations are sometimes long and at the time I was getting bored with it, but I am looking forward to reading the next chapter and I would recommend “The Silkworm” to anyone who is looking for a criminal novel.
”Career of Evil” is the third book in the Cormoran Strike saga, and it is by far the best book in this series. I liked the previous two books but I loved this one! The author skillfully developed the characters and the action was nonstop ( which was not the case in the first two books). What was really great was how suspenseful it is. I knew that one of the three villains was the guilty one but I could not figure it out until the very end. The author would throw some facts that would lead you to this it was one character and then another fact that would do the opposite. I also did not expect the ending. The developing relationship between Strike and Robin is fascinating and frustrating, and when you add Matthew (Robin’s fiancé) and Ellen (Strikes girlfriend) – it is a perfect storm. Overall its very solid novel , I would recommended it to anyone who likes crime stories but I must say that to have the full effect the “Career of Evil” you need to read the first two novel.