J K Rowling.
Strike is a British television series based on detective novels written under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith. The first episode premiered on 10 August 2017 at the British Film Institute, and on 27 August 2017 on BBC.
Cormoran Strike, a war veteran turned private detective operating out of a tiny office in London’s Denmark Street, is wounded both physically and psychologically. His unique insight and his background as a Special Investigation Branch Investigator prove crucial in solving three complex cases, which have eluded the police. (Extract from Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strike_(TV_series))
There is no doubt that Strike is an earthy, gritty adult detective story including adult language and scenarios.
The setting as old as the Maltese Falcon, or The Client. A poor under trod, broke, hard nosed private investigator. A slight twist on the formula, this one is an Afghanistan, amputee, hero for ‘A’ list parents. (makes a change from aan ex policeman, or a member of the nobility).
Back to the formula, he picks up a death, that the police are convinced is a suicide, that someone thinks is a murder; well I guess we haven’t heard that as a story line before !
Indeed there are so many clichés that you would wonder why should anyone get past episode one. Is it the helpful assistant who becomes a sleuth herself – Like the driver Samantha in the Foyle series?
BUT. there is a hook. Is it the under trod detective – well probably not – most are portrayed that way.
Is it the seemingly naïve assistant, no we seen that so many times that it’s to be expected?
Is it the fact that someone questions the police investigation – hardly anything new!?
The realistic settings of the detective’s favourite café?
So what is it?
Well maybe the answer is, the secret little additive is the author and producer is actually J K Rowling.
p.s. I’m enthralled but the first case and looking forward to the next – not wishing harm to any real person of course.
Further info – http://www.imdb.com/title/tt6070208/