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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"Before the fuss...."
The audio version allows me to do other things whilst listening to the story. I often don't have time to sit and read so listening is a good alternative. I have not read the book so can not comment further.
The depiction of the two main characters. Getting to know them.
Clear and concise. Voice suited the main character perfectly.
Before the fuss.......thankfully I had listened to this book prior to the release of the true identity of the author. I loved it. I was hoping that this was the start of a series. i had hoped that the main characters would be allowed to have some longevity. I was looking forward to the next book and to the further development of the main characters.
It's not really a very original crime story or one that keeps you guessing who the murderer is but it is very well written, with likable protagonists, logical and intriguing plot - a sort of a puzzle where every piece of information could be (and often is) important to solve the mistery.
Apart from a murder mistery it's also a satire about the celebrities, the upper-class Londoners and so-called glamorous life they lead confronted with those who envy them and would do anything to enter this golden life.
The story runs smoothly and it never seems too heavy-going or predictable.
The narrator is pretty good, never irritating with accents or different voices.
"Excellent balance between plot & characterisation"
Added this to my wishlist before knowing the story behind Robert Galbraith and indeed, I have never read any JKR, so would not have swayed me one way or the other.
I thoroughly enjoyed the book and found the balance between getting to know the main protagonists and plot was just right. Well written with convincing dialogue and superbly narrated by Mr Glenister. Highly recommend to any crime thriller reader whether or not they've ever read a word of Harry Potter or not. I look forward to hearing more from Cormoran Strike and his assistant.
I would definitely listen to another book read by Robert Glenister. It was his voice that brought the book a decent sense of gravitas to the book. He read the story like he meant it. The 'wrong' reader could so easily have made the book sound even more like a golden age parody.
Disapointment isn't the word as I had no expectations. It took me a few listens before put aside my confusion and listen through to the end. I couldn't decide what the book was supposed to be - modern mystery, golden age parody or something in between Once I'd made up my mind that the combination of unreality and odd reminders of other books didn't matter. The book was what it was, it wasn't supposed to be realistic
He is always wonderful.
The two main characters are very attractive. They're the classic hard(ish) boiled PI and attractive/posh/could easily do anything she wanted assistant duo.
I'm not surprised the book was written by a woman. It had occurred to me that the author was American.
"Brilliant - I want more of Cormorant Strike!"
Robert Glenister did a fantastic job on this. He really brought the characters to life.
I loved the characters. I loved the good guys and I loved the bad guys too. In the end I was disappointed that there was no other Cormorant Strike book available. Honestly... I was gutted! - So come on Mr Galbraith & Mr Glenister... get moving on it!
"A Great Read"
Great, Great, & Great
The storyline, had lots of twists and turns, kept me guessing until the end.
The characters were believable, but not overpowering to the story,
Well written I loved it!
Any of the good crime writers, Peter James, Lynda La Plante.........
No I haven't yet, I defiantly will, very soon
I didn't know the author was JK Rowling when I read the book, I am a big Harry Potter fan and have listened to the books time out of number, I never suspected for a minute, it was the same person writing!
"Definitely one to listen to"
I liked the main character very much, I admired his courage to keep going with and through his various adversities.
He has such an addictive voice! I'm a fan from his TV shows and felt really connected. He kept me gripped!
Yes, if possible! But even with necessary breaks, it was easy to pick up again and continue.
I read this before knowing it's a JKR book and I'm glad I did cos I might not have! I'm a big HP fan and probably wouldn't have given it a chance.
However, even knowing it's her, I do thoroughly recommend this book.
"Really enjoyable, brilliantly read"
Have only listened to the audio.
The main character - he had flaws which I think made him more believable and well rounded.
I thought the overall reading of the book was terrific. Made listening even more enjoyable. Loved it.
It was all enjoyable.
Would thoroughly recommend this book. I hope there are more in the series.
Good "page" turner
I would compare it to the Jackson Brodie novels by Kate Atkinson. A lone private detective who never has any money and whose cases get him into more trouble than he needs, but who usually comes out on top in the end, although still with no money.
As always, Robert Glenister made the book even more enjoyable by his excellent performance.
Although it didn't make me either laugh or cry, I did feel I cared about the characters.
This is a debut novel for Robert Galbraith, although I had nearly finished the book when I heard that the author is J K Rowling in disguise. It is safe to say that there was a lot more swearing in the book than you would find in Harry Potter, but it wasn't gratuitous and absolutely what you would expect from the characters involved. I look forward to reading more of these characters' adventures.
I have just finished this listen and really enjoyed it. I chose this because it figured in the best sellers list for a while and had some powerful reviews from Audible listeners. I don't normally choose Private Investigator novels because they sometimes lack realism and detail. This one had some fairly unlikely scenarios but he quality of the writing was really good and I was drawn into the narrative and able to suspend disbelief. It kept me hanging on to the end, although I had my suspicions from around two thirds of the way through (and I was right).
It is quite a long listen - which I value - and sustained interest throughout so a good purchase if like me you have long dog walks or drives to fill in.
I have just read that this was actually written by JK Rowling under a nom de plume. That explains it! Well done JK!
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