Young, beautiful, and dead. When supermodel Lula Landry is found dead on the pavement, the media is in a frenzy. Did she commit suicide, or was she pushed off by her on-again-off-again boyfriend, Evan Duffield?
Cormoran Strike is a wounded war veteran down on his luck. His fiancée has kicked him out of their house and he’s been living out of a camper kit in his office. He has barely enough to pay for his new (and overqualified) assistant, Robin. When John Bristow, Lula’s older brother, offers him a hefty sum to investigate Lula’s death, Cormoran knows his luck is about to change. Plunged into the world of glitz and glamour, Strike and Robin meet a colorful cast of characters, each with varying degrees of possible involvement in Lula’s death. They discover her struggles with fame and fortune, as well as Lula’s overprotective mother and highly dysfunctional family.
What makes this story particularly gripping is that it is classic detective work. There isn’t any singular aspect of the book that sticks out and it doesn’t try to be too ambitious. It’s fast paced and very descriptive, with numerous plot twists and well-written characters. Strike and Robin are likeable, and readers can empathize with them as they also deal with their crumbling personal lives.
This is a first in a series of novels featuring Cormoran Strike, Readers who enjoy good old detective novels will certainly enjoy The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith — or as the world now knows, J.K. Rowling.