“The Cuckoo’s Calling” by Robert Galbraith

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I was going to make an Eminem/Slim Shady joke here, but then I came to my senses.  I enjoyed the CRAP out of this book.  I just think JK Rowling is wonderful at writing characters and relationships.  This Strike/Robin duo is FANTASTIC.  I am all in on Strike.  He’s just the right amount of snark without going full House M.D.

Another aspect I liked – all the pop culture stuff was pretty legit.  There weren’t any awkward “she put in her headphones and carefully selected Coldplay’s ‘Parachutes’ on her iPod” moments.  (Side Note: Fifty Shades of Grey is my FAVE example of this.  We’ll address this soon.)  What I mean is, when she writes dialogue for people under the age of 30, it doesn’t sound like a caricature of a young person.  (Point JK Rowling’s attention to her kids, I think.)

All that aside, this is just a great private detective novel.  It’s got everything – humor, relationship drama, gruesome murders, and lots of drugs and alcohol related activities.

Extra Feature: It’s British, so you get all kinds of fun British jargon and customs.

I say job well done, Mr. Galbraith.  I look forward to the next.