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The Cuckoo's Calling (Cormoran Strike, #1)The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

3.5 stars for a book that started poorly but became compulsive reading as the story went on.

This book flies straight down the center of the genre, in that everything anyone talks about is somehow related to the main plot, it’s a long series of conversations (interrogations, really) one after another, with clues hidden in the details that don’t line up, and a crime as improbable as any.

Not that I care about a whodunit. I never try to follow the clue by clue, guessing the real killer or whatever. I just enjoy the characters and their secrets.

How *have* private eye novels been doing? I have been under the impression that they’re out of favor, and that maybe “Galbraith” is keen on resurrecting another moribund genre. It doesn’t really matter, because this book, despite a few rough patches, was great fun (once you read beyond the unpromising first few chapters). I’ll be grabbing the sequel.

Buy a copy.

Mirrored from Harry Connolly. You can comment here but not there.



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Sep. 8th, 2014 08:56 am (UTC)
What did you feel was poor about the start?

Either way, I thought the second book was better than the first one.
Sep. 8th, 2014 03:51 pm (UTC)
I thought the opening scene, with the cops and the photographers, was seriously bt;dt. Then, Robin and Cormoran's collision was played for humor (something that was very welcome in the first four HP books) that was dropped too quickly.
Sep. 8th, 2014 04:11 pm (UTC)
Yeah, the opening scene was bleh. Saw nothing wrong with her handling of the other thing. Eh. :)
Sep. 8th, 2014 05:31 pm (UTC)
I also found it interesting that it was written in a kind of a sneaky omniscient, with POV sometimes jumping back and forth between them in the same scene, like, paragraphs apart.

This is just not done!!! Yet works fine. I didn't even notice it until after I've read it.

Edited at 2014-09-08 05:32 pm (UTC)
Sep. 8th, 2014 06:55 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I don't mind this sort of jumping omniscient. Next time, though, I'm going to remember that, when an investigation scene is from Robin's POV, it's because Cormoran is finding important clues.
Sep. 8th, 2014 06:41 pm (UTC)
My agent says that private eye mysteries are indeed out of favour and that all publishers want right now are cosies with female protagonists.
Sep. 8th, 2014 06:56 pm (UTC)

Hopefully, Rowling will give a boost to this genre, too.
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