Series: #1 in the Cormoran Strike series
Publisher: Hachette Audio
Publication Date: 2013
Length: 15 hours, 54 minutes
From the publisher:
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. 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 detectives, but you’ve never met one quite like Strike. You may think you know about the wealthy and famous, but you’ve never seen them under an investigation like this.
I pretty much avoided this one when it was first released. There was all kinds of publicity around the fact that Robert Galbraith is actually J.K. Rowling and everyone I know seemed to be reading it. Then there were sequels so it couldn’t be bad. Then I read something about Tom Burke being cast as Cormoran Strike in a television adaptation. At the time we were winding up a binge watch of The Musketeers in which Burke plays Athos.
So I knew I would be watching the show (Strike in the UK and C.B Strike when it hits Cinemax in June) so I might as well read the book, right. BethFishReads mentioned that the audio edition was good and I had an audible credit sitting there waiting to be used so the inevitable happened.
This was wonderful. Robert Glenister does a fabulous job on the narration. His gruff Cormoran Strike and soft efficient Robin are excellent characterizations. He has quickly earned a spot on my list of favorite narrators. His performance of the story made it much better than I could have if I’d read the print edition.
Strike is a mess but he’s also an excellent detective. Robin starts out as a temporary secretary but is soon a capable part of the investigation even though she knows the job is temporary and she has to look for another. The story moves along rather slowly at first then continues to increase the pace as the investigation continues. By the end I was taking the long way home so I could listen to as much as I could before arriving home.
The story was wonderful. The characters were likeable (or detestable as needed) The case was interesting. I cannot wait to listen to the rest of the series.
4.5/5 for the book
4.5/5 for the narration