Private Investigator Cormoran Strike makes his debut in J. K. Rowling’s first crime novel, “The Cuckoo’s Calling,” which she wrote under the pseudonym, Robert Galbraith. It is a new addition to the fiction collection for adults at the Abington Community Library.
Strike, who lost a leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, is barely making it as a private investigator, and then John Bristow walks through his door. John’s sister, supermodel Lula Landry, fell to her death a few months earlier, and although the police ruled it a suicide, John refuses to believe that. Strike opens a new investigation, and the case plunges the detective into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers.
Additional new fiction
• “The Last Witness” by W. E. B. Griffin and William E. Butterworth IV: Matt Payne, Philadelphia homicide detective, investigating a young woman’s murder in a Society Hill home, uncovers an ugly underworld —- that of Mexican drug cartels and the Russian mob. Payne learns that the lone living witness has gone into hiding, making it absolutely critical that he find her before anyone else gets to her first.
• “Out of Range” by Hank Steinberg: Charlie Davis, political reporter, cannot entirely forget his brush with death six years ago in Uzbekistan, and sometimes worries that the good fortune he shares with his wife Julie and their two children cannot last forever. Then Julie disappears and Charlie soon discovers that her disappearance isn’t a random kidnapping. In fact, the more he digs for information, the more it seems that Julie has been holding secrets from her past, and isn’t the person he thought she was.
• “A Crack in the Wall” by Claudia Pineiro: Architect Pablo Simo has been reduced to designing soulless office buildings, desecrating the heart of Buenos Aires, and to make matters worse, his marriage is threatened by his attraction to the office secretary. Everything changes, however, with the unexpected appearance of Leonor, a beautiful young woman who brings to light a crime that happened years before, a crime that everyone in the office wants forgotten, at all costs.
The Abington Community Library will be closed Saturday through Monday, Aug. 31 to Sept. 2 for Labor Day. The library will reopen on Tuesday, Sept. 3.