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The Cuckoo's Calling: Cormoran Strike, Book 1 | [Robert Galbraith]

The Cuckoo's Calling: Cormoran Strike, Book 1

When a troubled model falls to her death from a snow-covered Mayfair balcony, it is assumed that she has committed suicide. However, her brother has his doubts, and calls in private investigator Cormoran Strike to look into the case.Strike is a war veteran - wounded both physically and psychologically - and his life is in disarray. The case gives him a financial lifeline, but it comes at a personal cost: the more he delves into the young model's complex world, the darker things get - and the closer he gets to terrible danger...
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Publisher's Summary

When a troubled model falls to her death from a snow-covered Mayfair balcony, it is assumed that she has committed suicide. However, her brother has his doubts, and calls in private investigator Cormoran Strike to look into the case. Strike is a war veteran - wounded both physically and psychologically - and his life is in disarray. The case gives him a financial lifeline, but it comes at a personal cost: the more he delves into the young model's complex world, the darker things get - and the closer he gets to terrible danger…

A gripping, elegant mystery steeped in the atmosphere of London - from the hushed streets of Mayfair to the backstreet pubs of the East End to the bustle of Soho - The Cuckoo's Calling is a remarkable book. Introducing Cormoran Strike, this is a classic crime novel in the tradition of P. D. James and Ruth Rendell, and marks the beginning of a unique series of mysteries.

Robert Glenister has performed with both the National Theatre and the RSC. He has worked extensively on radio and television and is probably best known for his roles as Ash Morgan in the BBC's Hustle and as the Home Secretary in 5 series of Spooks.

©2013 Robert Galbraith (P)2013 Hachette Digital

What the Critics Say

"The Cuckoo's Calling reminds me why I fell in love with crime fiction in the first place." (Val McDermid)

"One of the most unique and compelling detectives I've come across in years" (Mark Billingham)

"One of the best crime novels I have ever read." (Alex Gray)

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    Charlene Cape Town, South Africa 02-09-14
    Charlene Cape Town, South Africa 02-09-14 Member Since 2013
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    "A wonderful experience from start to finish"
    If you could sum up The Cuckoo's Calling in three words, what would they be?

    Entertaining, gripping, fun


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I liked both leads.


    Have you listened to any of Robert Glenister’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No. His narration was perfect.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes! I kept finding all sorts of excuses to start listening (I have never cleaned and ironed so much!). Haven't had so much fun reading a book in a long time.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm so glad JK wrote this after her bad one, The Casual Vacancy (couldn't get past chapter 3). This is a modern mystery with characters I could totally believe are real. I hope there's another in the works.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Clare Australia 01-30-14
    Clare Australia 01-30-14
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    "Great story!"

    Robert Galbraith is a fantastic word-smith. The story kept me captivated from the first chapter. Thank JK. Robert Glenister's voice was a perfect choice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Moonglotexas South Africa 01-21-14
    Moonglotexas South Africa 01-21-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Unsatisfying ending and rather explicit language"
    Would you try another book from Robert Galbraith and/or Robert Glenister?

    I wouldn't try another in this mystery series. Will I keep trying J.K. Rowling in the hope of another Harry Potter, definitely


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    The ending. The book built beautifully, lots of intrigue and wondering but the end answer just didn't live up to it. It seemed somehow illogical to me.


    What does Robert Glenister bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He did do brilliant accents and voices, you knew character from character. The swearing is more intrusive in an audible book though and there is A LOT of swearing.


    Any additional comments?

    The explicit language really tainted my view of this book. I was forgiving it until the end of the story was so unsatisfactory. The writing is eloquent and it's a swift and absorbing read though.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lyn McQuade 01-17-14
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    "Entertaining"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Cuckoo's Calling to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print version so cannot comment.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Cuckoo's Calling?

    The surprise ending


    Have you listened to any of Robert Glenister’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is the first time I have listened to Robert Glenister but will look out for future performances.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Audible Listener Australia 01-13-14
    Audible Listener Australia 01-13-14
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    "A Great listen"
    If you could sum up The Cuckoo's Calling in three words, what would they be?

    Engaging, clever, well written


    What did you like best about this story?

    the plot flowed well


    What about Robert Glenister’s performance did you like?

    Fantastic! Really Great


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Quite a few


    Any additional comments?

    A great listen for you mystery buffs

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Quorrobolong Australia 01-05-14
    Linda Quorrobolong Australia 01-05-14 Member Since 2011
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    "surprisingly good"

    when I heard this was written by JK Rowling I went off the idea of reading it but decided to persevere which I'm glad I did, The characters were great and multidimensional. The story line was full of twists and turns. The reader was also excellent. well worth a listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Peter 01-04-14
    Peter 01-04-14
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    "A great story with a fantastic storyteller"
    What made the experience of listening to The Cuckoo's Calling the most enjoyable?

    The realistic and contemporary storyline, which was entertaining and suspenseful right to the last chapter. The narrator was brilliant.


    What other book might you compare The Cuckoo's Calling to and why?

    Any number of contemporary detective stories in the genre, however Comoran Strike is a less conventional central character which makes it unique.


    What does Robert Glenister bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    A fantastic narrative which brings alive all of the individual characters, giving them texture and dimensions which can't be achieved when you read.
    The relationships are real, and motivations are more believable as a result of Mr Glenister's skill and talented performance.


    If you could rename The Cuckoo's Calling, what would you call it?

    The name is entirely appropriate.


    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed this audiobook, and look forward to more adventures with Cormoran Strike and Robyn.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Judy Bowna via Albury, Australia 12-06-13
    Judy Bowna via Albury, Australia 12-06-13 Member Since 2011

    Photographer's Moll, Chicken breeder, school administrator and owned by four dogs. Busy life, Happy life!

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    "A Bit Different"

    A bit slow to start but well worth the wait. Characters are well portrayed and story was interesting though a little predictable. Ended leaving me wanting a sequel. Well worth a credit

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    ACT1 Australia 12-03-13
    ACT1 Australia 12-03-13 Member Since 2005
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    "Excellent"

    I really enjoyed this yarn - it hooked you in from the first page, continued to grip until the last page and was very well read by Robert Glenister who portrayed some excellent characters. It would be great to see more of Cormoran Strike and Robin but now the identity of Galbraith has been revealed maybe that will be the end - hope not.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sharon Brisbane, Australia 11-04-13
    Sharon Brisbane, Australia 11-04-13 Member Since 2015

    I am an Australian woman who enjoys reading many different styles of books, from history to sci fi and mystery to poetry.

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    "3.5 stars for an above average outing"

    I enjoy the odd crime novel and this one was no exception.

    NARRATOR – The narrator does a good job with this book. His voice differentiation is great so there is no confusion. His accents are appropriate and inflections keep the story moving along without being overly dramatic. Well done.

    STORY - I would not say this story held any real surprises for me, but I enjoyed it anyway. The characters were great and the suspects numerous. However half way through the book one in particular started to seem a bit more “fishy” than the others and almost gave the game away for me.

    I would recommend this book to readers of light mystery books. I would listen to another if this was part of a series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Dragon
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    "Entertaining and likeable"

    I enjoyed this one. It's a good old-fashioned whodunnit with clues, red herrings, and a sensible resolution (not too far fetched, though maybe slightly predictable). There is generally a nice story about a PI and his PA, both of them interesting characters, though the male lead is done with more depth and conviction. The story deals with some dark themes both the murder itself and in the lives of the characters - but with humour and compassion, so that the mood in general is not excessively dark. There are silly moments and funny moments, and a gratifying sense of justice done at the end.

    The writing is not very 'literary' but is thoughtful and interesting - the viewpoint of the quirky central character (the PI) is interesting: initially I did not expect to like this ex-military guy, but he turns out compassionate but unsentimental and he is a very agreeable personality to spend time with as the story goes on. The descriptions of places and action are good. I thought the reading was super, even the issue of female voices done by the male narrator (which is often difficult) was pretty well handled. The regional accents were nicely done and helpful in telling the characters apart.

    I would for sure want to try future books by this author.

    52 of 52 people found this review helpful
  • Nicholas Moore
    Oxfordshire
    7/15/13
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    "Excellent"

    Well, with great timing, I had just finished this book and was telling people what an interesting story it was when we find out it's written by JK Rowling!

    That aside, it is very well written and superbly read by Robert Glenister, handling the different accents with ease. The story is one that pans out quite nicely and I think you can see the ending coming but it doesn't detract from what is a very entertaining listen. The interplay between the major characters works very well for me and I am looking forward to a sequel.

    34 of 34 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs
    Westcliff-On-Sea, United Kingdom
    4/30/13
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    "The Cuckoo's Calling"

    I rarely add reviews but had to for this book! Once I started the book I was glued to my earphones completely. Brilliant 'who done it' with no lull points. The only downside is it finished and there isn't another in the series.... yet I hope!

    32 of 32 people found this review helpful
  • Robert
    Warrington, United Kingdom
    6/23/13
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    "Excellent!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Cuckoo's Calling the most enjoyable?

    A combination of great authorship and narration to bring a fabulous and tense story to life.


    What does Robert Glenister bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    His outstanding performance really brought the characters to life. He didn't just read a book aloud he performed it with an excellent energy.


    22 of 22 people found this review helpful
  • Mad About Books
    Gloucestershire UK
    4/29/13
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    "Excellent Listen"

    Never having written a review before I felt compelled to do so in this case. Not only did I enjoy the well constructed narrative and characters thought that Robert Glenister's potrayal was superb. I felt as if I were watching a movie in my head and he seemed to be able to give the voices to each character just as I imagined. I shall certainly look for this author and the sublime Robert Glenister again when chosing from Audible.

    66 of 69 people found this review helpful
  • sharon
    Falmouth, United Kingdom
    5/9/13
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    "Hooked!"

    Strike ia a Cornish ex-military policemen, based in London, at a very low point in his life, Strike is sinking fast. I loved his clever, sharp stubborn character, especially the prickly ebb and flow relationship with his quick witted sidekick secretary Robin.
    The other plus me for for was the twisty, story line, I did not guess who did it at all! was rather shocked in the end but in a good way, having just read 2 out of three of the Larson Millennium Trilogy our author more than holds his own.
    Wonderfully paced, lovable relateable characters, and a stonking good mystery whodunit...

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Jill
    Roermond, Netherlands
    6/19/13
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    "Oh, this is GOOD!"

    I took a chance on this book based on some of the reviews and am very glad I did. The plot was satisfyingly complicated with several blind alleys and misdirection that kept me guessing till the end.

    Galbraith's characterisation of his main protagonists is also very good. I found myself quickly sympathising with them and impatient to read more.

    I thoroughly enjoyed Glenister's reading, the characters' voices are distinct and his pacing is excellent.

    I'm really looking forward to the follow-up - I hope there's going to be one!

    56 of 60 people found this review helpful
  • Paul
    Rugby, United Kingdom
    5/17/13
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    "Great Story, brilliantly told"

    I couldn't put this one down and would highly recommend this to anyone. I am hoping that the author has written more though, at the time of writing this was the only book. Can we have some more please!!

    19 of 20 people found this review helpful
  • Merril
    Chelmsford, Essex, United Kingdom
    4/27/13
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    "Intrigue, mystery and more please :)"

    Very nicely crafted story from an eloquent and expressive writer. Much of the story is told through dialogue and the narrator, more of a voice actor, Robert Glenister, does a very fine job. Not just different accents but also a natural inflection to suit the emotion of the words. Very natural and I was transfixed and really cared about the main characters. I look forward to more about this character, by this author and read by this narrator. One word of warning: some of the London characters have a very colourful language and the use of profanity is frequent when these characters are talking.

    18 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • Matt Sapsford
    London, England
    5/12/13
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    "More please"

    Truly excellent story and great narration. Well written characters to care for whom I hope will return.

    16 of 17 people found this review helpful

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