By Robert Galbraith
A tremendous debut secret in a vintage vein: Detective Cormoran Strike investigates a supermodel's suicide.
After wasting his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is only scraping by way of as a personal investigator. Strike is all the way down to one consumer, and collectors are calling. He has additionally simply damaged up along with his longtime female friend and resides in his office.
Then John Bristow walks via his door with an grand tale: His sister, thelegendary twiglet Lula Landry, recognized to her associates because the Cuckoo, famously fell to her demise a number of months previous. The police governed it a suicide, yet John refuses to think that. The case plunges Strike into the area of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and determined designers, and it introduces him to each number of excitement, enticement, seduction, and fable recognized to man.
You might imagine you recognize detectives, yet you've by no means met one really like Strike. you might imagine you recognize concerning the prosperous and recognized, yet you've by no means visible them below an research like this.
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Charles Stielow DATE: 1915 LOCATION: West Shelby, New York SIGNIFICANCE: The role of expert witnesses has often been shrouded in controversy. For the most part their evidence is given impartially, but, as demonstrated here, arrogance and greed often cloud purportedly objective testimony. M. on March 22, 1915, Charles Stielow, a German immigrant of enormous strength and feeble intellect, awoke at the farm where he worked in West Shelby, New York. Walking to the barn to begin his day’s work, he discovered the body of Margaret Wolcott, the farm housekeeper.
There were splashes of blood on the floor and running board, and under the passenger seat lay an empty cartridge case. This was handed to Robert Churchill for analysis. Churchill came from a family of London gunsmiths that made and sold sporting guns and rifles, but his real interest lay in the study of weapons and their projectiles. On those rare occasions when Scotland Yard needed to consult a firearms expert, his was the opinion in demand. He identified the cartridge as a Mark IV, an obsolete bullet filled with black powder and manufactured at the Woolwich Arsenal in 1914.
The Cuckoo's Calling (Cormoran Strike, Book 1) by Robert Galbraith