By now, we know that Robert Galbraith, the author of our November selection, The Cuckoo's Calling is really J.K. Rowling, who wrote the Harry Potter books. We also know she really did not want to be found out. She wanted to write these books and have them stand on their own. Do you think they would have been a hit if we never knew the identity of the real author? Of course, there were clues in the writing that, if nothing else, the author may have been a woman.
I think this is a great book, completely different from Harry Potter and much better than her first attempt at deceit, A Casual Vacancy. The disheveled detective at the heart of this story, Cormoran Strike, is a very likable fellow. We feel genuine sympathy for him and his precarious situation at the book's opening. Galbraith/Rowling does a terrific job of fleshing out this character and giving him a charming sidekick, in the form of a newly hired assistant, wonderfully named Robin. As they set out to investigate the death of a famous model, and solve the problem of Cormoran's misery, I found myself cheering for both of them.
I hope you are enjoying this tale and are looking forward to the meeting on November 11 at 6:30 p.m. at Capital Public Radio. Jenny O'Mara will lead you into a great conversation. Click on the orange Eventbrite button to reserve our space.