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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The two elements that string this book together (whodunnit and celebrity) are probably the most common literary topics; hence I can only think that JK Rowling had a fear of unpopularity whilst thinking of a new novel. The book is thoroughly boring and average as a result. I will compare this to Harry Potter, simply because this book is one of the most derivative and unimaginative ever, and Potter was the opposite. It has every cliche possible, that I'm sure Daily Mail readers will find enthralling. However, if you want something interesting or in any way novel (pardon the pun), then steer clear. It is however beautifully narrated, which unfortunately can't make it any better.
"Good old fashioned detective story"
good narration, easy to listen to
It had a good story line. It was my first audible book and it made my car journeys fly by. The narration was excellent and the storyline sufficiently gripping to keep me wanting to hear more. I enjoyed the character and the main story. The side stories added to the characters
"New idiosyncratic detective for London!"
Excellent story and characters -- and London's one of them. Also, terrific performance by Mr Glenister.
It was well read (kudos Mr. Glenister!). The characters were well written. There were many funny moments in the book, no unnecessary violence or sex (i'm no prude and I love the Harry Hole books but Jo Nesbo can be over the top sometimes!) Just an all round enjoyable book that i loved listening to.
Nothing! I thought it was very well read and Robert Glenister didn't try to be too smart with different accents for everyone !
I just loved this book, so much so that i've already pre-ordered the next installment in the Comoran Strike series. I haven't read any Robert Galbraith before but i do love good detective novels and this is definitely up there with the best. Plenty of intriguing characters, plenty of red herrings, some very funny moments in the story and a main hero who is extremly likeable while still having many failings.
I really am very happy with this purchase particularly after listening to "The Farm" which I thought was rubbish!
"A good holiday read"
This is the tale of a private detective, very down on his luck, whose skills in detective work unearth a sinister story of jealousy and greed. Robert Glenister reads this well, his voice matches the character. Galbraith, as always, writes a good story even if the characters are a bit larger than life. I found the ending predictable but this did not ruin anything as it was still a good ending. This is the sort of book you can listen to whilst driving/on holiday when you just need a good tale to keep you going. I don't know if I will get hooked in to Cormoran Strike books but No. 1 is worth a listen to.
"An incredibly good book."
I would unreservedly recommend this book.
The characters are incredibly well developed. Not perfect Hollywood plastic stereotypes, but real people with faults and flaws. Especially enjoyed the main character.
What sets this book apart from the crowd, is the articulation of the intricate plot. Loved the language used, loved the snippets of Latin and most of all a great story.
The feeling of the main character being a broken man, but fighting through to a successful end. Perfectly understated, but very sharp.
Too many to choose from, such a good book.
I don't know about tag lines but I'm sure it would make a great film or gritty drama series.
My wife recommended this book to me and I can't thank her enough.
I couldn't wait to take every opportunity to listen to the book and thoroughly enjoyed it.
The narrator was superb and I look forward to the next installment.
"Absolutely gripping story"
The twists and turns in the story and the pathos for the main character made this so enjoyable. The reader was extremely good with his interpretation.
Nothing like it.
Probably the ending but all the way through.
Too long to hear in one go. I listened over several nights.
Can't wait for the next one by the author..
"Excellent, looking forward to any sequels"
I must hold my hand up in that I only bought this after the leak of who was behind the Robert Galbraith nom-de-plume. I was cautious having loved Harry Potter but not particularly warmed to The Casual Vacancy. Then I read the reviews here, and decided to give it a try. So glad I did! Robert Glenister's narration is excellent, brings everyone to life, and the story is addictive. It moves at a fast pace and you really want to find out what's happened next. I do hope there is a sequel - and that Robert Glenister's asked to read it. He could become the Stephen Fry of her detective genre.
Yes is would, it was just so well written and well told.
It caught your interest straight away! Robert Glenister did the book proud, such a good performance.
They were all interesting and had their own impact on the book in different ways.
Such a well written book and Robert Glenister brought it to live. Hope she will write another one.
"really good detective story"
yes. A really good story that you want to keep listening to You want to find out more about the characters and very well narrated by Robert Glenister.
Morse, The character Comoran Strike comes across as having a very similar nature..
Yes,very well done
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