16 Oct 2015

Ten Things You Should Know About Strike

There’s only 4 days to go until publication of Robert Galbraith’s latest Cormoran Strike novel, Career of Evil, and we’re re-familiarising ourselves with our favourite literary detective. Here are the top ten things you need to know about Cormoran Strike:

  1. His name: People are always calling him ‘Cameron’ but Cormoran was, appropriately for our large hero, a Cornish giant who, according to English folklore, lived on St Michael’s Mount. Strike is his mother’s surname: ‘I’ve been told it’s something to do with corn.’
  2. His parents: Strike’s father is famous seventies singer Jonny Rokeby of The Deadbeats, a fact Strike is reluctant to share. His mother was ‘super-groupie’ Leda Strike.
  3. His upbringing: Strike and his sister Lucy were mostly brought up in Cornwall with their aunt and uncle acting as surrogate parents.
  4. His job: Strike runs his private detective agency from Denmark Street, off Tottenham Court Road in central London, which is a street full of musical instrument/score suppliers (and where the crime bookshop Murder One started out). His office is over the (real) 12 Bar Club.
  5. His flat: when we first meet Strike, he is living on a camp bed in his office, having split up with his fiancee; later, he moves into a tiny flat upstairs.
  6. His military career and injury: Strike wears a prosthetic leg- whilst serving in Afghanistan, he lost half his right leg when the vehicle he was travelling in was blown up. To this day, he finds it difficult to be driven by other people.
  7. His fame: Until the Lula Landry case in The Cuckoo’s Calling, Strike was only famous by proxy because of his father. He gains notoriety from his investigation into the death of the well-known model, and is henceforth known for solving the case.
  8. His favourite pub: The Tottenham on Tottenham Court Road: ‘a serene Victorian atmosphere of gleaming, scrolled dark wood and brass fittings’.
  9. His favourite beer: Doom Bar: ‘the Cornish beer tasted of home, peace and long-gone security’.
  10. His assistant: Robin Ellacott, who arrives as a temp and becomes invaluable to Strike, moving up to become his partner-in-training at the end of The Silkworm. Robin is from Masham in Yorkshire, and has moved down to London with Matthew, an accountant to whom she gets engaged on the day she is fatefully sent to Strike’s office.