This is a classic detective mystery, originally published by Sphere, in Great Britain last year, although I read it in Greek, in a fine publication by PSICHOGIOS.

Robert Galbraith is a pseudonym of renowned author J. K. Rowling, so I was really looking forward to seeing how she would do with a plot from the «real» world. In a word, she did fantastic!

The atmosphere is as contemporary as it gets: models, paparazzi, all the British glitz and some of London’s darker sides, and rock ’n’ roll… images that come alive through the words, so much as you want to rush through the pages, you find yourself savouring the ambiance and the witty dialogue. The main character, war veteran and private investigator Cormoran Strike and his delightful side kick Robin are developed brilliantly and, I think, here to stay. A compelling mystery, a millennium noir that works on many levels, and just plainly a fabulous read, this is as entertaining a book as you can get for this summer!

When a troubled model falls to her death from a snow-covered Mayfair balcony, it is assumed that she has committed suicide. However, her brother has his doubts, and calls in private investigator Cormoran Strike to look into the case.

Strike is a war veteran – wounded both physically and psychologically – and his life is in disarray. The case gives him a financial lifeline, but it comes at a personal cost: the more he delves into the young model’s complex world, the darker things get – and the closer he gets to terrible danger . . .

A gripping, elegant mystery steeped in the atmosphere of London – from the hushed streets of Mayfair to the backstreet pubs of the East End to the bustle of Soho – The Cuckoo’s Calling is a remarkable book. Introducing Cormoran Strike, this is the acclaimed first crime novel from Robert Galbraith.