Robert Galbraith’s Cormoran Strike series is classic contemporary crime fiction from a master storyteller, rich in plot, characterization and detail. Galbraith’s debut into crime fiction garnered acclaim among critics and crime fans alike. The first three novels The Cuckoo’s Calling (2013), The Silkworm (2014) and Career of Evil (2015) all topped the national and international bestseller lists and have been adapted for television, produced by Brontë Film and Television. The fourth in the series, Lethal White (2018), is out now.

Robert Galbraith is a pseudonym of J.K. Rowling, bestselling author of the Harry Potter series and The Casual Vacancy, a novel for adults. After Harry Potter, the author chose crime fiction for her next books, a genre she has always loved as a reader. She wanted to write a contemporary whodunit, with a credible back story.

J.K. Rowling’s original intention for writing as Robert Galbraith was for the books to be judged on their own merit, and to establish Galbraith as a well-regarded name in crime in its own right.

Now Robert Galbraith’s true identity is widely known, J.K. Rowling continues to write the crime series under the Galbraith pseudonym to keep the distinction from her other writing and so people will know what to expect from a Cormoran Strike novel.



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, creditors are calling, and after a breakup with his longtime girlfriend, he’s living in his office.

Then John Bristow walks through his door with a shocking 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.



Study Questions

If you would like to take part in the discussion, please submit your comments by the 3rd Monday of the month.

1. What do you think of Strike? What are his secrets…and what drives him in the dogged pursuit of the Truth?

2. What makes Lulu Landry’s apparent suicide suspicious? Lulu’s character is gradually revealed and the story progresses. What kind of person was she?

3. How does the author portray the culture—and the characters—of worlds of fashion world and the very rich?

4. Using a hard-bitten investigator assisted by a young, ambitious “Girl Friday” is a classic detective-story trope. What do you think of Robin Ellacott? What does her character bring to the story?

5. Good mystery writing leads readers astray with red herrings. Who were you first suspicious of?

6. Does the fact that the book was penned by J.K. Rowling affect you view of it? If you’ve read her Harry Potter books, do you detect any similarities, either in style or structure?

7. Were you surprised by the ending? Or did you see it coming? Why…or why not?

8. It appears that Strike may be part of an ongoing series. Will you be reading more of his escapades?

[From Lit Lovers]