J K Rowling Switches from Fantasy Novels to Detective Novels

The Cuckoo's Calling

J.K. Rowling is the well-known author of the enormously successful Harry Potter fantasy novels. The Harry Potter fantasy novels have gained worldwide attention and have sold more than 400 million copies. In fact, J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter fantasy novels are the best-selling books in history.

Recently, J K Rowling began publishing novels under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith. The two books published to date are a true departure from the magical world of Harry Potter. In July, J K Rowling released her first novel for adults called The Casual VacancyThe Casual Vacancy received outstanding reviews and she was praised for successfully transitioning away from writing fantasy novels.

Rowling continued writing under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith and released the detective novel, The Cuckoo’s Calling. Transitioning away from the Harry Potter fantasy novels was no easy task but has proved to be a successful strategy. Her latest book release showcases her literary prowess and lays the groundwork for a long and successful venture into the genre of detective novels.

Summary of The Cuckoo’s Calling

The Cuckoo’s Calling is a brilliant private detective novel. The main character, private detective Cormoran Strike, investigates the suicide of a supermodel.

After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private eye. Strike is down to one client, and creditors are calling. He also just broke up with his longtime girlfriend and is living in his detective 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. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

You may think you know private detectives, but you’ve never met a P.I. quite like Strike. Strike is experienced, insightful and thorough in every aspect of the job. You may think you know about the wealthy and famous, but you’ve never seen them under an investigation like this. You may even think you know a good detective novel, but you probably haven’t read a detective novel quite like this.

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Book Reviews of The Cuckoo’s Calling

  • “One of the best books of the year.” (USA Today)
  • “Robert Galbraith has written a highly entertaining book. Even better, he has introduced an appealing protagonist in Strike, who’s sure to be the star of many sequels to come. Its narrative moves forward with propulsive suspense.More important, Strike and his now-permanent assistant, Robin (playing Nora to his Nick, Salander to his Blomkvist), have become a team – a team whose further adventures the reader cannot help eagerly awaiting.” (Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times)
  • J K Rowling switches genres seamlessly. A gritty, absorbing tale.” (People (3.5/4 stars))
  • J K Rowling’s literary gift is on display in this work. She crafts an entertaining story [and] comes up with an ending that I’ll admit I was surprised by. A fun read, with a main character you can care about and one you’ll want to see again in other adventures.” (Washington Post)
  • “An extravagant, alien, fascinating world for its characters to explore…great pleasures.” (Slate)

Book Details

  • Book Release date: April 30, 2013
  • Book format: Hardcover
  • Book genre: Detective Novel
  • Number of pages in the book: 464
  • Book Publisher: Mulholland Books
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316206849
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316206846
  • Book Dimensions: 1.8 x 6.1 x 9.2 inches
  • Book Weight: 1.4 pounds

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