After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Strike is down to one client, and creditors are calling. He has also just broken up with his longtime girlfriend and is living in his office.
Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: His sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, known to her friends as the Cuckoo, famously fell to her death a few months earlier.
The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that.
Regardless, Cormoran Strike takes all the clues, which lead him to more clues, and winds the twine around the spool until he figures out what happened. And sees that that person is brought to justice.
Robert Galbraith is a pseudonym for J.K. Rowling, bestselling author of the Harry Potter series and The Casual Vacancy.
Why a pseudonym? J.K. Rowling wanted to begin a new writing career in a new genre and to release her crime novels to a neutral audience, free of expectation or hype.
The first Robert Galbraith novel, The Cuckoo’s Calling, was published in 2013 to critical acclaim from reviewers and fellow crime writers alike.
Although the author’s true identity was unexpectedly revealed, J.K. Rowling continues to write the Cormoran Strike series under the name of Robert Galbraith to maintain the distinction from her other writing.