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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"well worth the read"
i really enjoyed this, i thought it took a bit of time to get going but there were some great parts in it, the characters compliment each other
"A ratttling good read"
The main character Cormoran Strike is excellent - an illegitimate son of a famous musician and a somewhat zany mother - nothing in his background would have predicted him ending up in a career with the military police and now a private dick - minus half a leg after an incident in Afghanistan. He is called in to investigate the suspicious suicide of a top model from the balcony of a fashionable appartment in London. Although nearing financial ruin he had forgotten to cancel his demand for a temporary p.a. Enter robin, a feisty Yorkshire lass who throws herself into dectection work with alacrity. The budding relationship between the two is touching and amusing. The investigation itself can at times be a little sluggish especially at the start of the book but once it takes off the writing becomes very fluent and enjoyable. I loved the cockney characters especially with a rendition of their authentic sound even if the constant 'F' word might put off some. I was brought up in London and I felt the author really captured the speech rhythms of the Londoners. The narrator was on the whole excellent but the one accent he cannot master is London West Indies speech - I had to grit my teeth all through the interview with the West Indian porter at the hotel. Apart from that little quibble I would definitely reccommend this book.
First audiobook I downloaded and still my favourite
Great story, great characters. Lots of twists, kept me guessing until the end.
Brought the characters to life.
"Interesting crime puzzle"
If you enjoy a puzzle and working out 'who did it' then I would recommend this book. If you remember the facts and don't get misdirected by any red herrings you may manage it.
I soon warmed to the main characters who were believable and well sketched.
Robert Glenister was able to perform a range of accents and voices for the various characters without any of them sounding forced or too false; easy to listen to.
Great storyline and I felt real empathy for the characters. Robert Glenister does a cracking job. Would definitely recommend.
It would definitely be in the top 5
My favourite character was Strike because he was realistic and relatable.
The drunk scene where Robin came to the rescue.
An engaging listen and a brilliant story, can't wait for book 2.
"Superb story and excellently read"
I haven't read the print version, but Robert Glenister was an inspired choice to read this thrilling story.
The descriptions of the characters was so detailed, that I could picture them clearly in my mind.
No, but I certainly will!
It's a long time since I was so absorbed in a story and Robert Galbraith does not disappoint! I will be looking out for more in the series...and hope that they too will be read by Robert Glenister.
"A pastiche of stereotypes but ok"
I consume detective novels like dairy milk chocolate and its probably a guilty secret. The story was good but the characters felt they wernt new to me i had come across them in other books rather than breathing out of the narrative. But i do like cheap chocolate
OH YES PLEASE.
I LOVED CORMORANT AND ROBIN WAS A GREAT SIDEKICK
HAD GUESSED TWO THIRDS OF THE WAY THROUGH WHO WAS THE MURDERER BUT IT WAS GREAT TO FIND OUT HOW CORMORANT FOUND OUT
FANTASTIC VOICE AS GOOD AS MANY OTHERS
The characters in the book were great and the narrator did an excellent job.
Has to be Strike
No I listened to this when driving and also going to bed.
Can't wait for the next one.
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