The world went to bed last night confident in the belief that J.K. Rowling’s last novel was 2012’s The Casual Vacancy.
It woke to the news that the best selling author has a new book. Out now. And it’s been out since April.
You see, Rowling published the book The Cuckoo’s Calling in April, under the pen name Robert Galbraith. The book has received praise, and as critics investigated the mysterious identity of the debut novelist they got a gigantic surprise when it emerged that the real author was one J.K. Rowling.
The Cuckoo’s Calling represents a wonderful opportunity for Rowling fans and others not so fond of magical boarding school students.
For Potter fans, The Cuckoo’s Calling is another chance to savour Rowling’s rich imagery and signature sense of joy that resonates with every word she writes.
For all others, this is the opportunity to read one of the most successful novelists of our generation writing for nothing but writing’s sake. Not to be judged, measured, or worried about the bottom line. Simply to write a novel for the world to enjoy, and one they can be proud of.
An opportunity to read something like this doesn’t come around very often.
by Robert Galbraith (J.K. Rowling)
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 a classic crime novel in the tradition of P. D. James and Ruth Rendell, and marks the beginning of a unique series of mysteries.
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Andrew Cattanach is a regular contributor to The Booktopia Blog. He has been shortlisted for The Age Short Story Prize and was named a finalist for the 2015 Young Bookseller of the Year Award. He enjoys reading, writing and sleeping, though finds it difficult to do them all at once.
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