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The Cuckoo’s Calling

The Cuckoo’s Calling

by Giuseppe TovarNovember 14, 2013


After light was shed on the fact that “Robert Galbraith” was in fact a pseudonym of J. K. Rowling’s, The Cuckoo’s Calling was exhausted from the bookshelves in a matter of hours. More than a decade after the overwhelming success of the best-selling Harry Potter series, her career will certainly be obsessively followed.

Her first novel after the Harry Potter series was The Casual Vacancy. A disappointment to many fans and literary critics who say it was a pretentious effort, and very far removed from what she had accustomed us to. The truth is, it is a very different book. One very far from dealing with the resolution of a mystery, it focuses on the tensions and intrigues generated by an unexpected event.

She then decided to write a new book under a pseudonym, to ease feeling the pressure of expectation and to write for the simple pleasure of creating something new.

“Robert Galbraith” works for MI5 (British National Security) and this is his first book. As some readers have mentioned, it was doubtful that a book so perfect could be the work of a novice.

What’s the book about?

Cormoran Strike is a retired military officer working as private investigator. Business is slow until John Bristow, a successful lawyer, hires him to investigate the suicide of his sister, a supermodel call Lula Landry. At the same time, Strike must deal with the arrival of Robin Ellacott, an assistant he can’t afford, as well as issues with his personal life.

As in all her novels, Rowling’s prose has impeccable rhythm, it leads you by the hand at all times. Her ability to describe up to the smallest detail in the physical world, the way the characters look and their way of thinking is palpable. This, in addition to her ability to write believable characters, with a solid history that you discover little by little, makes you fall in love with the work.

What surprised me was her ability to introduce characters. There is one in particular that won me over on the first page, something that is not very common.

But without a doubt, the most fantastic part of the book is the detail with which the case is written. It leaves no issue unresolved, all events are intertwined at the end to provide a conclusion that makes sense. I dare say with The Cuckoo’s f Rowling achievement do that through seven books that was not itself of mystery, it is not unbelievable that one will only such perfection.

I dare say that J. K. is placed with this work, in the company of the great writers of detective novels, such as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Agatha Christie. Without a doubt this book is one of the best of its kind that I’ve read in my life.


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