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Dr Joseph 'Joe' Agyeman, Lula's biological father.
He met Marlene Higson as a student. Later an academic, specialising in African and Ghanaian politics. He died five years before the events of the novel. Cormoran and Robin's friends and family[ edit ] Lucy Strike is Cormoran Strike's younger half-sister, Strike attends her son's birthday party during the novel.
Strike describes her as judgmental, and craving a desire for suburban stability. He admits to being fonder of her than almost anyone else, though their relationship is often strained. Jonny Rokeby is Strike's famous pop-star father and has only met him twice in his lifetime. Leda Strike is Strike's mother, a 'supergroupie' of Jonny Rokeby's.
Although an habitual drug user, she died of a heroin overdose a drug she had not previously used when Strike was He has always suspected his stepfather had something to do with her death, though few agree with him. He proposes to Robin at the beginning of the novel. He does not approve of her working for Strike, whom he initially considers to be a shady character. He is described as being tall and 'conventionally good looking'. Background[ edit ] Over the years, Rowling often spoke of writing a crime novel.
In , during the Edinburgh Book Festival , author Ian Rankin claimed that his wife spotted Rowling "scribbling away" at a detective novel in a cafe.
The Sunday Times enlisted the services of Oxford University 's professor Peter Millican and Pittsburgh 's Duquesne University professor Patrick Juola , whose software programs ran multiple analyses of the novel and other Rowling works, comparing them with the works of other authors.
The firm has since apologised  and made a "substantial charitable donation" to the Soldiers' Charity as a result of legal action brought by Rowling.
All three are fellow crime novelists, who deny having been told Galbraith's true identity. It was stated on the book's dust jacket that 'Robert Galbraith' was a pseudonym, but the adjoining biographical details provided about Galbraith's time with the Royal Military Police suggested that the pseudonym was employed simply to protect the identity of a government official, somewhat in the manner of John Le Carre.
The copyright page does not have a number line but simply states, 'First published in Great Britain in by Sphere'. The copyright page of the second printings of the first UK edition does not have a number line either, but in addition to the 'first published' line quoted above has a second line stating 'Reprinted twice '. Trade paperback editions and hardbacks share the same imprint page, and this page lists the number of reprints; it is updated each time there is a reprint.
In this case, the trade paperback reprinted prior to the hardback. The reprint also features an amended back cover with additional quotes, while the revised inside flaps now acknowledge Rowling's authorship. Most of the reviews came only after Rowling became known as the author, but the early reactions were generally complimentary as well.
Rowling serves up a sushi platter of red herring, sprinkling clues along the way, before Strike draws a confession out of the killer in a climax straight out of Agatha Christie.
A second sequel, Career of Evil , was published in The title of the third sequel, Lethal White , was announced on 14 March  , the book being published on 18 September Jackie Larkin will produce. The Guardian. Retrieved 20 July London: The Telegraph. Retrieved 13 July Lula Landry Talullah Bristow , a model who died in a fall three months prior to the events of the novel.
The object of Strike's investigation is to determine how Lula died. John Bristow is Strike's client and Lula's adoptive brother.
Charlie Bristow is John Bristow's brother and a boyhood friend of Strike's. Charlie died when he fell into a quarry when he was around nine or ten years old. Charlie was about six years older than Lula Landry Bristow.
Alison Cresswell is in a relationship with John Bristow. She works as a secretary for Tony Landry and Cyprian May in their legal practice. Tony Landry is Lula and John's maternal uncle.
He disapproved of Lula's lifestyle, and raised objections to Lula's adoption in the first instance. He has a difficult relationship with his sister. Lady Yvette Bristow is Lula and John's adopted mother.
She is terminally ill during the events of the novel, and her relations with Lula were strained. Sir Alec Bristow is Lady Bristow's late husband.
He founded his own electronics company, Albris. Sir Alec was sterile and could not have children of his own. Lula was adopted when she was four years old, shortly after Charlie's death. Sir Alec died suddenly from a heart attack. Cyprian May is a senior partner at the law firm where John Bristow works. Lula's social circle[ edit ] Evan Duffield is Lula's on-off boyfriend, an actor with documented drug problems.
He was the initial suspect in the media at the time of Lula's death, but has numerous witnesses to an alibi. He argued with Lula before her death. Rochelle Onifade is a homeless friend of Lula's, whom she had known since her teenage years in an outpatient clinic. He is the one who calls her 'Cuckoo'. He was in Tokyo in the week leading up to her death and is an astute character witness. Deeby Macc is an American rapper who was supposed to arrive to stay in the apartment below Lula's in Kentigern Gardens on the night of her death.
Kieran Kolovas-Jones is Lula's personal driver who has aspirations of fame as an actor. Ciara Porter is a model, and a friend of Lula's. Freddie Bestigui is a film producer and neighbour of Lula's. He is difficult to contact and has a reputation for being difficult and abusive. He and his wife Tansy are in the process of a divorce.
Tansy Bestigui Chillingham is Freddie's wife and a key witness, claiming to have overheard some of the events on the night of Lula's death.
Her plausibility is an issue for the police, and initially for Strike. She is the sister of Ursula May. And maybe it works fine in all of those, same as it works fine in Harry Potter, but none of those also had a side-helping of profanity and very adult themes. They do all, however, share the formal language style. And while I think people were silly to say things about The Casual Vacancy like "ohmigod this had, like, noooooo magic and even fewer dark lords" when Rowling clearly said it was an adult mystery book and I wanted to say to those silly people: I still think it's entirely relevant to compare the two when looking at Rowling's writing style and the reason why sometimes it works and sometimes it really doesn't.
The formal tone with simplistic language - like in Harry Potter - is okay, but dense descriptions and over-complicated sentences made it hard work and tedious in this book. It's like a very formal letter with the occasional random swear word thrown in. And it doesn't work. Not for me, anyway. The style simply doesn't fit the content; there's swearing and murders and people rescuing others by grabbing their breasts I'm not even going to talk about the story beyond saying I found it a standard mystery that could have been good if I'd not had these other reasons for not liking it.
The killer is not hard to guess for anyone familiar with crime mysteries but that isn't usually what I care about most in crime mysteries anyway. Plus, in this case, I'm just too blinded by my dislike for the writing. Yes, I did get a little overexcited when I googled Mary Poppins gifs. View all comments. I was frustrated with the style of writing.
I wanted it to be over. Private eye Strike is investigating a death. Throughout the book Strike has long conversations with many different characters. It felt like a courtroom, asking witnesses 30 or more questions one right after the other. Even Robin, my favorite character, she went to Oxford to investigate something. We should have watched her and seen her interacting with people. Like in the first paragraph, she is answering a bunch of questions about her past activity.
There are no clues until the last fourth of the book. For example one character said he noticed drops of water on the floor. I prefer mysteries where the reader learns some clues along the way that mean something. The best part was the beginning. She shows up on her first day just before a new client arrives.
She asks Strike if he and the client would like coffee or tea. Strike says yes without thinking. There is no coffee or tea, but she brings it, and Strike has no idea where she got it. A few times he calls her Sandra without thinking. That relationship was fun.
Robin has great initiative and ideas. And she does some neat things. But she is only a small part of the story. Strike has a long conversation with Evan who used the f-word every other sentence.
I was tired of hearing it. It was a long conversation. The narrator Robert Glenister was good. But I grew tired of the British accent he used for many characters. Rowling wrote this under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith. Narrative mode: Unabridged audiobook length: Swearing language: Sexual language: Number of sex scenes: Book copyright: View all 85 comments.
Jan 25, Jayson rated it really liked it Shelves: A prototype yet to find its footing; its complex, interview-heavy plot poker-faces all clues until a bursting end reveal.
View all 5 comments. Jul 13, Jason Lalljee rated it really liked it. This is my final review of the book. Most of what I included in my preemptive thoughts is here, so you don't have to read this whole Potential television series title Rowling published a book under a pseudonym is something that I had I expected might happen post-Potter and, embarrassingly, searched for , but when the question was brought up as to whether or not she'd write under one, UPDATE 2: Did Franzen handle social satire better?
Rowling who writes about morality on a large scale- great battles of good and evil staged with dragons and goblins and ghosts, entrenched in themes of friendship, love, and death. When I first heard about the book after fixing the hole in the ceiling caused by my gargantuan leap of joy I was excited.
Rowling whip out that killer gift for world building that she has in the realm of science fiction or fantasy, but she is equally skilled in mystery writing. That was always the appeal of it to me, and I felt that it stood out from the rest of the books because of it. But after J. Rowling wrote in the FAQ section of the new Cormoran Stike website that all of the Harry Potter books are essentially who-dun-its, with the exception of the fifth, I realized that they are.
Each is essentially a search for a culprit using a limited amount of clues. One of the biggest problems film makers had when adapting the final books of the series is that they came to realize that details that they had carelessly discarded bore great significance in the final books.
We know how skilled J. Rowling is at creating red-herrings and false trails already. Just one chapter, in the Goblet of Fire. In an interview with Charlie Rose last year, J.
Rowling revealed that chapter 11 of the fourth installment of the series was one that she wrote and rewrote the most, in order to draw suspicion away from a newspaper article written about Mad-Eye Moody. This shows us that Rowling has an eye for the way the reader thinks, something that comes in handy for her towards the climax of Calling. Still, I had my reservations see all pages of The Casual Vacancy. Potential television series title 7: When I do encounter a mystery, however, I judge it by how well it manages to surprise me.
For me, this includes the author laying out all the details for the reader at the beginning- no big surprises towards the end masquerading as a clever twist that are really meant to keep the reader from finding out who did it. The suspects at one point all seem to have iron-cast motive and opportunity, Rowling quickly outsmarting the reader.
The utter tautness of the book, quite frankly, blew me away. It sticks to the traditional mystery formula. I was so impressed by the ending, though, that the cookie-cutter feel of it became subdued. And everything- which is perhaps what was most refreshing- is realistic. In the sluggish, monotonous mid-morning hours at work I found myself wanting to pick up my copy of the book to see what happened next.
Her characters are great. The presence of socioeconomic dynamics is featured heavily throughout the novel, and plays key parts in the mystery itself, lingering among character motivations and plot connections. These dynamics are relevant ones in our culture, but the way that Rowling presented it in Vacancy was found unpalatable by a lot of readers.
If she keeps it in play for each of her subsequent mysteries the way she does here, then the reader might grow bored. I've finished the book, and I was right about Rowling's deftness at mystery writing, particularly around the part about The Chamber of Secrets. Full review to come, but highly recommended. Not phenomenal or on par with Potter, but all the things that didn't work in Vacancy are very much present except that they work in a mystery setting, and that it's all very, very good.
Tightest, most intricate plotting I've ever seen in a mystery novel. So, finding out that J. I'm slightly disappointed that I haven't heard of it, which means that it hasn't received enough acclaim to cross over to the mainstream on its own, which is less than I'd like. But people- a It's a J. Rowling book b We don't have to wait for it.
It's already out. I liked The Casual Vacancy.
But I think that the main issue many fans had was that J. Rowling is an author who deals with morality on a huge scale, epic battles of good vs. Her knack for making rich as well as lovable characters is her hallmark, so segueing into a world where the characters are not only clueless and blind but also distinctly unlikable couldn't have been very easy for fans.
Also, her voice as omniscient third-person narrator is certainly well-written as a stream of prose, but sort of diluted the significance of her characters; Vacancy also lacks the edge that made similar novels by Jonathan Franzen The Corrections and Maria Semple Where'd You Go, Bernadette , better.
After multiple re-readings of Vacancy, I've grown to like the book a lot more- or rather appreciate it more, because while the craft behind it becomes more obvious with each read its overcast mood is unaccompanied by a payoff. But this is a crime novel. Why am I excited for this?
Because I've always, always thought of The Chamber of Secrets as a mystery novel. You don't even need to look at that book alone to know that Rowling is a master of mystery writing, the seemingly meaningless details sprinkled throughout the Harry Potter series bearing much more gravitas in later installments much to the chagrin of filmmakers, cutting out important details due to lack of knowledge of said installments.
Red herrings and false trails are an essential component in mystery writing, which she is undoubtedly skilled at creating. So I'll be much more wary of you now Ms. Rowling, and I while I would still prefer that you return to fantasy, or even science-fiction, and even though I sense that you're becoming a very hit-or-miss author, your hits are still potent enough for me to want to read anything and everything you'll ever write again.
View all 20 comments. Jul 14, Mohammed Arabey rated it it was amazing. View all 83 comments. This is a wonderfully entertaining new crime debut, which although it contains nothing amazingly original, works really well. Firstly, there is the main character, Cormoran Strike - a wounded war veteran, with a troubled past, damaged love life and financial woes, which see him sleeping in his office when we first meet him.
Strike has left the army, which provided him with the structure and home life his mother never could, and set up as a Private Detective.
The only problem is, a lack of paying This is a wonderfully entertaining new crime debut, which although it contains nothing amazingly original, works really well. The only problem is, a lack of paying clients. He then receives a new temporary secretary, Robin Ellacott, with her slightly stuffy fiance and her secret desire to be a detective.
Both Strike and Robin, are fully fleshed out characters that we care about deeply by the end of the book. The crime Strike is asked to investigate involves a famous supermodel, who falls or is pushed from her balcony on a snowy, London night. Lula Landry is the adopted daughter of a wealthy family and her adopted brother is insistent that she had no suicidal feelings when he met up with her that day.
As Strike sets out to investigate, we are introduced to a cast of identifiable characters - the effeminate dress designer, drug taking Paparazzi avoiding boyfriend, disgrunted 'wannabee' film star chauffeur, elderly, dying mother, disapproving family members, etc. Although the plot is really quite a simple one, it works very well. The author has created a totally realistic scenario, with London almost becoming an extra character as Strike walks the streets and a satisfactory plot with a good cast of suspects.
I would say that Cormoran Strike is the best new addition to the P I genre that I have read for a long time. He certainly deserves a series and I hope to see him appear in many more books. There were tantalising glimpses of his past which need much further exploration and perhaps the author can be kinder to him in the next book and, at least, get him a proper place to sleep.
I feel he will serve the author well and deserves a little looking after! If you enjoy really intelligent, well written crime novels P D James, etc then this will be a book you will love. Great start to what will, hopefully, become a long running series. I am glad I didn't know that when I read it and I hope it doesn't put her off continuing the series, now she has been 'outed' as the author.
It is a good read on its own merits. View all 33 comments.
The book receives favourable reviews and is wholeheartedly accepted by the fraction of the populace that reads it. So, after much sleuthing and an inquisitive: I am also pretty sure that Madame Rowling went Loki-at- Comic-Con in the privacy of her tastefully done up living room For me, laying my hands on the book courtesy, the best Hufflepuff in the magical and muggle world, Mith was nothing short of the Almighty smiling benevolently down at me with a new commandment: Thou shalt read the new Rowling tablet.
Forsaking all others, thou shalt not stir till thou has reached ye last page. Thou shalt be rewarded for thy loyalty And believe me, it was a wholly rewarding experience. Super-Model Lula Landry has plunged to her death from her posh Mayfair balcony. While the media has pegged it down as a suicide by a troubled star, her half-brother is convinced that she has been killed. And so, he hires Cormoran Strike , a down-on-his-luck detective to investigate the case.
As Strike, aided by his new albeit temporary secretary, Robin ; gathers clues, gets sidetracked and traverses the length and breadth of London to unravel the truth…he faces his own demons and realizes that things can get really ugly, really fast. Cormoran is not your conventionally good-looking, lit-cheroot-hanging-seductively-from-his-lower lip, lady-slaying Private Eye. He is a massive, rugby-player sized man, not-so-easy-on-the-eye and burdened with a prosthetic leg Mad-Eye Moody lives?
His innate decency, his blustering efforts to not sully the sexual waters with his attractive new secretary, his attention to detail and his flashes of vulnerability make him a well-rounded main lead.
He is not a fabulously perfect hero and so I have the biggest crush on him. I mean, look at him: Robin is freshly engaged to a very proper young man and is gooey-eyed enough to settle for a two point five existence.
But she craves excitement. Not the sordid excitement of a secret fling but the childish glee of solving a mysterious mystery. Infact, with her strawberry blonde hair and her transparent need to "Run with the Doctor Detective", she reminded me of Amy Pond: Will love transpire between Robin and Cormoran? If it does, I, for one, will be knitting booties for their bonnie babies.
The Supporting cast of characters is rich and varied. I loved each one of them. From the coke-snorting Tansy to the meticulous security man to the slightly unhinged half-brother to the wolf-masking wearing boyfriend and prime suspect to the ego-boosting Ciara Porter to the larger than life rapper to the maliciously camp designer; I loved all their character profiles. Everyone had a solid role to play and everyone was infinitely readable. Minion kisses for all: For all the Britophiles out there, this is a treat.
Modern day London effectively wears the garb of a smoky s lamplit whodunnit. You are utterly charmed and steadily soak in the atmosphere like a comforting soak in a hot tub.
As for the pace of the plot, it is slow and steady. There are no cliff hangers the staple of mystery novels at the end of each chapter. There are no high-octane moments. There are no unexpected plot twists. And yet, you carry on.
Your interest never wanes. The story builds up steadily, from a strong skeleton to a steady fleshing out of detail coupled with a handful of sinews worked in with precision and finally, the end result is a fully functioning thriller.
The story is no great shakes. If you have been a mystery enthusiast, you will figure out the baddie pretty soon. Ron Weasley would approve. Her skill is strong as ever and shorn of any pretensions. Her observations on human fallacies are uncomfortably accurate. She holds, what could be a rambling storyline together, purely on the strength of her intuitive grasp on her characters' emotions. At the end of the day, she justifies her right to the Writing Throne.
I come away, utterly and completely enchanted. View all 36 comments. Meet Cormoran's First Strike.. His first 'Mystery' which haunt me from the early beginning, even the epigraph. Why were you born when the snow was falling? A famous model star fall off the balcony to her tragic death.. Her neighbor assert that she heard her arguing and shouting with a man "The Killer" right before seeing her f Meet Cormoran's First Strike.. Her neighbor assert that she heard her arguing and shouting with a man "The Killer" right before seeing her fall.
The police declare that's a lie, the DNA proves there was no stranger there.. All the evidences and investigation declare she was alone. The result is what the police saw was clear from the beginning.. You'll find thorough the investigations and evidences that no trace of a killer in the scene..
And then our Story begins 3 Months later Robin ,A beautiful blonde young lady living her Best Romantic days after getting engaged to her boyfriend ,Went to work as a Temp secretary for some office, she "surprised" to find out the business of the office is her long lost childish ambition of work..
It was an office of A.. Private Detective.. Cormoran Strike ,An ex-Military, Private detective Living his Worst days of his life, just separated from his fiance, His office just got one client.. John Bristow ,An unexpected new "wealthy" client to Strike's office, as a favor for old friendship between Strike and the latter's brother..
He came for the detective to dig up a very famous case that he didn't agree with its results A case of his dead -adopted- sister A Famous Model Lula Landry Yes.. Lula Landry "Cuckoo" is the famous Model we've witnessed her tragic death at the first scene Why did you die when the lambs were cropping?
As I've said, the story will haunt you from the very early beginning, its first scene.. I love also the glimpse for famous tragic death of celebrity which "pushed" by paparazzi or even cases closed "wrongly" as suicide. There's also that great tribute for the soldiers who are trying to readjust with civilian life after leaving the military one for a reason or another.
Some may say it's a bit slow in the first half, but I really respect, even adore that detailed characters and events.. I've actually got into the case of Lula, investigated with Strike the evidences and tried to interview everyone who was near from Lula the day of her death..
And by the half of the novel -As I've written most of this review, right now- I've really wondered ; Is it really a suicide.. The same is here.. Rowling talent in creating a beautifully Magical world in Harry Potter, or realistic fictional Pagford in The Casual Vacancy proved to be still great in describing the magic of real places as London. You'll really love to see the statue of Eros; Piccadilly Circus while Robin starts a new step in her romantic life.. You'll be in real famous Pubs and Bars in London with its Victorian faces.
And these pubs' windows view of the s building decorated with statues by Jacob Epstein And on the top of all , The elegant Victorian houses at the most wealthy neighborhood and streets like Bellamy Road and Mayfair.
The bottom line is ,you're invited to a lovely journey into the heart of London at the moment you start the novel. Private Detective with big debts Adore his ex-fiancee Charlotte.. Illegitimate son for a famous star.. Hates it'd be his "fame".
A very complicated character that you'll love to know him better page after page.. Wanting to know more about him and may you'd end up like me.. Waiting more books for him. Super smart,clever, got the spirit of initiative. And this time,Super beautiful.
As if Jo this time assert that women are smart even those super pretty ones. I love how she got a childish dream of her being a Detective herself. Why Do We Care? Well, you'll know page by page. You'll get into the real Lula or "Cuckoo" as she and her best pals calls her, by the testimony of her brother,the news and articles written about her that you know from Robin's internet search ,and the tales and testimonies of those who were near her, one by one by how close to her they were as the story goes.
But you'll get better look into her by reading with Strike her personal emails ,clear look as if you looking into her soul,or ghost. I promise that,before the half of the novel as in my case, you'll really love to know more about that lovely ,complicated character of Lula And you'll really Care.. How Did Lula Landry really Die? I guess that's why the decision of publishing under Pseudonym..
And honestly,as the writer, I wished it'd last longer "Even I may never hear about it unless it get good publicity or hit the news of up-coming movie based on it, And I'm sure I'll still LOVE it even if I didn't know it's Rowling's. And if you saw the Goodreads main page of the book at 14th. July you'll find all of the reviews very positive and even 4.