Monday, July 22, 2013

THE CUCKOO'S CALLING by Robert Galbraith

To me, the victim is the main character in Robert Galbraith’s The Cuckoo’s Calling. Everyone else is supporting cast.

Cormoran Strike, the almost down-and-out detective, and his assistant, a temp secretary, make the victim’s life unfold.

Someone kills famous supermodel Lula Landry. Police see her murder as a suicide.

Her brother, John Bristow, hires Cormoran to prove Lula was murdered.

Strike and his temporary secretary Robin Ellacott (the very interesting co-detective in the story) unravel a complex series of circumstances.

As it works out, we learn a lot about three interesting characters: Lula, Strike, and Robin.

This book is 464 pages long. I struggled with the first half. (As you probably know, I don’t do well with long books.) But when it occurred to me that the story is a skillful unfolding of the past in such a way as to fill out the life of a sad and powerful character, my opinion changed.

Because she suffered from mental illness, family members and some others called the supermodel Lula Landry “the Cuckoo.” 

The Cuckoo’s Calling has several murders, strong language, and many moderately-explicit descriptions of money-driven and sex-driven lives.

This is a famous book. Tens of thousands have already read it. It is a private eye book and a strongly clue/event-driven, book. If that sort of writing is your cup of tea, you, like me, might want to get on the bandwagon and read The Cuckoo’s Calling.


“Rich people always think everyone else is a fucking freeloader, have you noticed that?”


Dosti SMS said...

Found it rather slow and uninspiring. I would have dropped is after the first 10 chapters or so, had it not been Rowling's book. I found the novel strangely colourless. The setting was depressing and characters boring.

The worst aspect, however, was the profanity. What in God's name was the lady attempting? After writing seven tomes of kids fiction, she has jumped right to the other extreme. Half the characters sprout the f-word in have their dialogues. Very distracting.

Sure, we shouldn't compare it with Harry Potter, but the end result is so disappointing. It's no surprise that she published it under a pseudonym. The JKR brand has taken a hit.

Joe Barone said...

Dosti, Thanks for your comments.