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.”
A NOTABLE QUOTATION FROM The Cuckoo’s Calling—
“Rich people always think everyone else is a fucking freeloader, have you noticed that?”