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
"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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"Great start to Cormoran Strike"
I enjoyed this book, the narrator was excellent! Looking forward to more books in series.
I have chosen 5* for the reading performance. It's the best reading I have ever heard! Recommending this audio version to all my friends. Robert Glenister is superb!
Really good listen.... The story was exceedingly engaging with well fleshed out and likeable characters. I immediately downloaded the second in the series and am already preparing myself for the disappointment of there not being a third instalment, yet. And not a wizard in sight, thankfully.
"Perfect Audio book"
Brilliant narrator. Good story with sympathetic characters and a good twist. Just the right length and amount of details for an enjoyable listen.
"Crime with Realism and Real People"
I loved Cormoran, his style and his realistic human nature. Good story that kept me hooked so much so I downloaded a second story by this author. Great performance by the narrator! All in all an awesome literary experience.
"A surprisingly good listen."
Great characters and a strong plot. The narration was excellent. I downloaded the next book immediately.
Thought I would give this a try as l was looking for something new to read and it had good reviews,wasn't disappointed very well paced great characters and a super plot. Have now listened to the second book can't wait for more.
"Couldn't turn it off"
I enjoy a thriller book an this for me was an all rounder. The lives of the characters and attention to detail makes this book so thrilling. I had to download the second book straight after finishing this one.
Cormaran Strike with his troubled past, family and situation he makes a great detective an I found myself enjoying the character.
Robin, his sassy interpration of her having the clever skill of getting information from people really made me enjoy the story more.
I enjoyed this book so much a had to download the second straight away. It made me laugh in parts with some of the people featured a great all round story. Gonna listen over and over to it am sure.
A must listen
Up there with some of the best detective stories I've read or listened to
The author makes you sympathise with all the characters and I guess even the most hard hearted people have a good side
I mentally see Robbie Coltrane whenever Cormoran speaks
found it easier to put down than other books I have listened to however can't wait to listen to the next One
Hoping for lots more in this series
"Great murder mystery"
Best book of its genre I have listened to
A modern day P D James
Superbly read, characterisation fantastic
Book kept you on edge of your seat
Be prepared to be very unsociable once you start listening to this book!
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