The Cukoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith (aka J.K. Rowling)
The Cukoo's Calling is a new mystery written by J.K. Rowling under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith. I knew she was the author when I bought it but I really feel that this book would easily have stood on it's own as a new author. I really liked it!
Cormoran Strike is our down-on-his luck detective. The opening scene is great, with a new temporary secretary almost getting bowled over by Cormoran's now ex-fiancee, fleeing the office after attacking Strike. The following scene, where Robin, the temp, is nearly knocked back down the stairs by Strike, is so funny and awkward, to say the least.
The case that Strike is asked to investigate is a death that was ruled a suicide by the police. The deceased was world-famous super-model Lula Landry. The client is Landry's brother, John Bristow. Bristow remembered Cormoran from their childhood, when Strike was friends with John's older brother, Charlie. Charlie also died tragically when he accidentally rode is bicycle off the edge of a quarry over Eater break. Strike never forgot Charlie and his connection with the family compels him to take on the case. What follows is a very thorough investigation by Strike of the very twisted and complicated lives of the Landry-Bristow family.
I found Cormoran Strike to be a wonderful character and Robin, his excellent Girl Friday. Please, oh please, be more of these!