The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith, pen name of J. K. Rowling
Detective Cormoran Strike is having a difficult time as a private investigator with only one steady client. He wears a prosthetic device to replace part of a leg that he lost to a land mine when he was a soldier in Afghanistan. He has just broken up with his longtime girlfriend and is living in his office. A new secretary has arrived from a temporary agency, and Strike, already in debt, is not certain he will be able to pay the bill.
Then Strike is hired by a lawyer to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death a few months ago of the lawyer's adopted sister a famous supermodel. The police had ruled the death a suicide, but it may have been a murder. Strike conducts an investigation among some rich and glamorous people and some not at all rich and glamorous.
The story is well written but is nonetheless merely a competently plotted story of the sort one might encounter on any television mystery series. It was only when I was about 25% of the way into the book that I began to develop any interest in the story or the characters. The book was a pleasant one to read, but at no point in the story did I feel any sense of suspense or any eager anticipation to find out what was going to happen next. Many of my guesses about what had happened turned out ultimately to be correct.
As a side note, I shall say that I have no problem at all with any author’s choosing to use a pen name, but I find it reprehensible to falsify an author’s brief biography, especially if it claims, as does the one in this book, military experience or any other experience that the author does not in fact have.