Sunday, January 21, 2018

Like a good British detective story?

Like a good British detective story?  I do, as does Debbie.  Between the two of us, we've probably read some or all of the oeuvre of every British detective story author of the past 150 years.   I have a new favorite, though.  I've just finished the second of Robert Galbraith's “Cormoran Strike” series.  I'm about to start the third.  The first two were simply wonderful.  They don't suffer from any of the usual deficiencies in character development, plot continuity, or implausible dialog that plague most works in that genre.  These are detective stories that can legitimately be called literature, and the first two had me riveted from the first page.

I haven't mentioned something that is perhaps the most surprising aspect of these novels.  “Robert Galbraith” is a nom de plume – the author's actual name is ... J. K. Rowling, of Harry Potter fame.  You might be excused for immediately thinking that the Cormoran Strike novels are juvenile or young adult fare, but they are not – they are decidedly adult books.  In fact, if you have kids I suspect you really wouldn't want them reading these. 

Highly recommended!