The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith:

Author: Robert Galbraith
              Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publishing Date: April 2013
       Blurb Description: After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Strike is down to one client, and creditors are calling. He has also just broken up with his long-time girlfriend and is living in his office.

Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: His sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, known to her friends as the Cuckoo, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

You may think you know detectives, but you've never met one quite like Strike. You may think you know about the wealthy and famous, but you've never seen them under an investigation like this.

Introducing Cormoran Strike, this is the acclaimed first crime novel by J.K. Rowling, writing under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith.

My Rating: 4 stars!

My Review:

For many days, even months, after the unthinkable happened, nobody, nobody at all, especially those who considered themselves to be ‘somebody’s’ could bring themselves to stop talking about it.
‘Suicide’ was the law enforcements’ official verdict. A decision that was, perhaps, a bit biased, but almost nothing else suggested to the contrary. The papers clawed at every little freezing and deadly little detail they could find, like a child in winter for the first time. Except, this was different-

          Broken, she lay on the blanket of ice, the harsh eternal resting place where she drew her last breath. The girl who named herself Lula Landry- the girl who redefined what she did, something hundreds before have only 
          tried. And this? - This is the story of how she left the world we know.

          After the suicide verdict hits an already broken family, John Bristow, Lula’s adopted brother hires ex war 
veteran, Cormoran Strike, to investigate the death of the woman who was considered the most beautiful in 
the world.

Strike, with his keen eye for detail, walks down a path that has been sold to the sharks for even a minute in 
front of the camera, only this time, taking every dark alleyway on the path as well. Exploring the life of the 
girl with the regal face, going deeper and deeper, Strike along with his adventure- yearning secretary, Robin, 
learn that nothing is ever as it seems!

A drug- addict on again of again boyfriend, a crazy foster-mother, a missing and questionable will a rapper 
with a soft side, a producer neighbour and his wife, a doorman, a fame starved (real) mother, the best clubs, 
the friends everybody wants and 10 million pounds on the line.

Galbraith’s (Rowling’s) descriptions of the grey London streets, detailed musings of a disturbed young 
model’s life and death and prose make the tale completely lifelike! It makes one truly wonder, when your 
life is lived in front of the press, just how much do they really know?

My Verdict:

A thought provoking story on life, death, family, fame and money that is well worth your time!

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