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By Rob Meltzer
July 16, 2013 12:10 a.m.



Time for something less heavy than a teenage thug in gang rags trying to kill a mild mannered neighborhood watch volunteer.

This summer, I’ve been reading a lot of books about the history of police and policing, as well as just about everything that has ever been written on the Third Amendment. That latter constitutes about six books, but the topic is about to get trendy.

I felt the need to read some fiction, so I agreed to review Robert Galbraith’s Cuckoo’s Calling. It led to one of my favorite but rare opportunities to really trash an author’s work with devastating Menckian epee thrusts. You see, I had just suffered through J.K. Rowling’s Casual Vacancy, and I was getting pretty ticked off at every aspiring Rowling to write like Rowling. My problem with Galbraith is that not only did Galbraith write like Rowling, but I felt that the whole damned story took place at Hogwarts. Imagine my chagrin that Galbraith has now been unveiled as Rowling, and the book still stinks. After years of ghost writing, I have decided it is impossible for an author who is not a ghost writer to disguise his or her own style, and Rowling just isn’t good enough to do that. Cuckoo’s Calling is still a bad book, but now I can trash it on its merits.

So what are the rest of you reading on the beach this summer?

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