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.
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"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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"Mmmm - great user reviews narration isn't good!"
The narration is bad and quite monotone. This has meant I have got to chapeter 3 and gone back to a Sean Barrett narrated book.
First and last
Better narration. It's pretty awful.
Disappointed that the story is delivered badly. Lost interest really quickly.
Best narration I've listened to. Really brought all the characters to life. The writing (because it's Rowling) also helped. Vivid characters and setting made this an enjoyable listen, if a little predictable.
Excellent narration by Robert Glenister
Kept me interested and compelled to listen on.
Can't wait to read next in series.
"Not bad for a first attempt"
After The Casual Vacancy (which I thought was dreadful) I was a bit reluctant to give JKR another read but I admit that this one kept me interested.
The story is good and Robert Glenister is an excellent reader.
My only criticism is the over use of extreme bad language which even I as a normal bloke found over the top. This will not prevent me from reading the next one as Cormoran Strike looks to have a good future.
A request - please keep to the same reader for continuity.
An enjoyable entertaining book. Slightly slow in parts but good ending & picks up pace later. Will listen to the next book.
"ROBERT GLENNISTER IS A GENIUS!"
Brilliant, sharp and characterful
Strike getting pissed. Sublime and horribly accurate.
I have heard Glennister a lot on the radio. This performance was a tour de force.
Very witty and great dialogue.
I enjoyed this. It takes its time to tell the story right. Very well read too. I look forward to more.
Great characters and plot, I was hooked by the story and the relationship between strike and robin early on. There is something very poignant about the story and for me it linked to the way the characters are revealed. I'm going to get the next book and hope it's as good as this one.
"Second audio book ever, same author . Hooked now"
Very good story teller, normall listed to radio 4
No listened while painting pictures
Very very good, are the any more books in this series !
"highly contemporary, classic whodunnit"
Great story, narrator
true-ringing portrayal of contemporary London, or a certain vertical demographic of it, which like the best detective fiction, will read well as such 50, or 70 years from now. compelling, likeable leads, and good insight into the varieties of human folly misery and madness with which even the beautiful rich and famous may have to contend.
very very good narrator; accents and characterisations extremely well rendered, and a great sensitivity for tone and narrative. he's now one of my top five readers.
i wouldn't make a film of it, i think it would lend itself better to TV; Strike and Robin would make a great tv detective and sidekick/pair of detectives.
yeah. highly recommended if you like detective fiction that offers insight into the human condition. the sequel to this book, the silkworm, set in publishing, shows another facet of the city; another social niche to which this author is certainly not wasting their own special access. Adult readers of this author's other works will find many pleasing glimmers and leitmotifs
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