I borrowed this book from my cousin in Mumbai, another potterhead, after hearing all the hubbub about J.K Rowling’s(sorry, Robert Galbriath’s) novel about Detective Cormoran Strike.
The book was like any other suspense novel, to be completely honest, and by chance I felt that I already knew who the killer was from the middle of the book because of all the hints that She (he) threw around the whole book. The plotline was slightly thin and I did get bored in parts of the book.
The book starts with a prologue three months earlier with Lula Landry, a black supermodel who was insanely beautiful, falling off from her balcony into the snow below. Then we are introduced to the protagonists of the book and their problems- Detective Cormoran Strike, an ex-army officer who has a prosthetic leg and a problematic love life and Robin Elacott, temporary assistant to Strike. Enter John Bristow, the brother of Lula Landry, who is willing to offer Strike however much money he wants to find the murderer of his adopted sister. The police, after investigation, dismissed the case as that of suicide but Bristow was not satisfied with the result of the investigation and hence approached Stike. There is where the adventure begins. Strike meets several people who he thinks are key suspects in the case, and finally concludes that it is John Bristow himself that committed the murder. Through the course of the story, we understand why Strike chose this as his profession and why he sleeps at his office at night. The book ends with John Bristow and Cormoran Strike fighting and almost killing Bristow, when Robin comes to the rescue and calls the police and the ambulance. Alls well that ends well.
As for the characters, Galbriath nailed them perfectly once again. Those beautiful imperfect characters. Oh Rowling. Cormoran Strike is an intriguing and unique detective with an amputated leg, an element which I found different and great. A handicapped detective as a hero? Hell, yes. Robin is a perfect sidekick for the huge and tall Strike, with her knowledge and presence of mind. Robin has a major role but minor appearance in the book, something that disappointed me slightly. Basically, the book is Strike-centered. John Bristow seemed like a fishy character since the middle of the book and Strike’s interview with Ursula May made me consider John Bristow to be the murderer, and guess who killed Lula Landry? 🙂
I wish there was more adventure and more suspects and action. If my thirst for detective stories increased with the entrance of Benedict Cumberbatch, oops, I meant Sherlock Holmes :P, it decreased to a considerable extent when I was finished with The Cuckoo’s Calling. But hey, give me Silkworm by Robert Galbriath (the second book in the series), and I will read it happily. 😀