Holliday Grainger, Tom Burke (Credit: Courtesy of Cinemax) Holliday Grainger and Tom Burke in "C.B. Strike." (Credit: Courtesy of Cinemax)

Yeah, C.B. Strike sounds like the perfect sort of name for Cinemax — and sort of a rip-off of Sherlock. But as soon as you mention that the novels on which the upcoming three-part miniseries is based was written (under the pen name Robert Galbraith) by none other than J.K. Rowling, folks start to pay attention.

(Rowling wrote Harry Potter. Which you probably didn't need us to tell you.)

Anyway. Here's the gist:

C.B. Strike is a war veteran turned private detective who operates out of a tiny office in London's Denmark Street. Although wounded both physically and psychologically, his unique insight and background as a military police investigator prove crucial in solving complex crimes that have baffled the police.

OK, then. C.B. Strike premieres at 10 p.m. EDT June 1, with the remaining episodes to show the following two weeks. The first episode is based on "The Cuckoo's Calling," the first book in the series. "The Silkworm" and "Career of Evil" round out the final two episodes.

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Tom Burke (from Only God Forgives) is private detective Cormoran Strike and Holliday Grainger (from The Borgias) stars as Robin Ellacott, his new assistant and protégé.

C.B. STRIKE launches with three one-hour episodes based on "The Cuckoo's Calling," the first book in the trilogy, followed by adaptations of the remaining two books, "The Silkworm" and "Career of Evil," both of which consist of two one-hour episodes.

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