JK Rowling – New Book now on general release
It is official! The news we have been waiting for from publishing sensation JK Rowling – New book now on release. Written under the pen-name of Robert Galbraith, The Cuckoo’s Calling is a detective novel that was released in April 2013 through Mulholland Books in the U.S. and Sphere Books in the U.K.
The Cuckoo’s Calling is JK Rowling’s second novel written for an adult audience following 2012’s The Casual Vacancy. It is her first detective novel. You can read all about it here at JK Rowling – New Book.
In the glitziest part of London, supermodel Lula Landry falls to her death from her apartment balcony. Known as Cuckoo to her friends, Lula had all the trappings of fame; wealth, constantly snapping paparazzi, even a drug-using rock-star boyfriend.
Retired military policemen Cormoran Strike, who lost his leg in the Afghan war, now works as a private investigator. Having recently split up with his girlfriend, with his business failing, and plunging ever further into debt; Strike’s life is falling apart, and he is forced to live in his office on a repetitive diet of noodle soup.
A few months after Lula’s death is ruled a suicide, her brother approaches Strike and employs him to prove that Lula did not commit suicide, but was murdered. As Strike pieces together the last few days of Lula’s life, he is drawn into a dangerous and secretive world he is unfamiliar with, of rappers, rock-stars and high powered lawyers, as he tries to unravel the mystery of The Cuckoo’s Calling.
JK Rowling’s incredible talent for building vivid images in the reader’s mind is evident from the very start of the book:
“The buzz in the street was like the humming of flies. Photographers stood massed behind barriers patrolled by police, their long snouted cameras poised, their breath rising like steam. Snow fell steadily on to hats and shoulders; gloved fingers wiped lenses clear. From time to time there came outbreaks of desultory clicking, as the watchers filled the waiting time by snapping the white canvas tent in the middle of the road, the entrance to the tall red-bricked apartment block behind it, and the balcony on the top floor from which the body had fallen.”
All of JK Rowling’s trademarks are on display here. From well-crafted characters, to a devious roving plot, to an elaborate and clever finale.
The reviews have been overwhelmingly positive; with many critics praising it’s blistering pace, and detailed insight into the glitterati world of fame and fortune.
The New York Times described it as “a highly entertaining book” saying that “its narrative moves forward with propulsive suspense.”
USA Today said it was “One of the books of the year.”
The Guardian newspaper said it was “an enjoyable, highly professional crime novel.”
So what are you waiting for?
Get your copy of the “The Cuckoo’s Calling” now, before stocks run out.
U.S. version U.K. version
What does JK Rowling have in store for us next? Find out here.