Robert Galbraith is a pseudonym used by J.K. Rowling to publish the Cormoran Strike series and this is the first of the saga. She has again proved her worth as a fiction writer with this marvelous tale which could easily be regarded equivalent to Sherlock Holmes.
It is a superbly exhilarating tale of Cormoran Strike, an ex-military private detective with a prosthetic leg and a troubled family, who is hired to investigate the death of a supermodel, Lula Landry, who jumped from her balcony three months previously. This sharp detective with his quick-witted assistant, Robin, probe into the case with determined fascination over the work they have been assigned and bring us a chilling truth behind the so-called suicide of the famous model.
The book is a well-written mystery with intense characters and beautiful imagination. There is no hint of J.K. Rowling's magic world at all, other than her brilliant writing itself. From the genre of writing children's fantasy novel to adult fiction was a great wager she took against critics and what's wonderful is that it paid off big time.
I would also like to quote a beautiful poem from this book, which hints at the truth all along that when the snow was falling and when a "Cuckoo" fell off her balcony to her tragic death, the paparazzi gather around her body just as they did when she was alive....
Why were you born when the snow was falling?
You should have come to the cuckoo’s calling,
Or when grapes are green in the cluster,
Or, at least, when lithe swallows muster
For their far off flying From summer dying.
Why did you die when the lambs were cropping?
You should have died at the apples’ dropping,
When the grasshopper comes to trouble,
And the wheat-fields are sodden stubble,
And all winds go sighing
For sweet things dying.
--Christina G. Rossetti, “A Dirge”
I am going to continue down the road and bring you all, the review of the following books of this series as well- The Silkworm and Career of Evil.
Till then keep your eyes peeled for my next review which is an International Bestseller and an exceptionally controversial book of all time.