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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15 hours of excitement.
Robert portrays all the characters with an amazing variety of accents. You forget he is reading it.
Just enjoyed the journey through the evidence collecting.
"An unexpected delight"
I bought this based on the reviews even tho I wasn't convinced I'd enjoy it and found it addictively good. The language is rather fruity but somehow the story has the old fashioned crafting of a classic whodunit. I found the characters well drawn and unexpectedly likeable and the narration brought them to life even more. I was expecting Robert Glenister's narration to be rather brash but he found the subtleties of the narrative and made each character memorable without descending into caricature.
I would definitely recommend this.
"This was no Kate Atkinson......"
Less swearing ( it's like the author needs to reference sex, drugs and violence and put lots of swearing in to stop it being a kids book). Less cliches.
More characterisation. Less lengthy explanations by the protagonist .... Maybe it's just the genre though.....
The accents: cockney accents in particular. The accents were cliche and of an old generation of Londoners. They didn't sound like authentic young Londoners. He did well to try so many different accents but I found them over-powering and distracting from the characters being drawn. Subtle accents would have been fine.
It was.. It passed the time and I was interested in what happened next. It wasn't amazing, but maybe I'm just not used to the genre. Although I love Kate Atkinson and her Jackson Brodie detective character... I felt not an ounce of warmth for the characters in this book.
I don't think I'll read this incarnation of the author again and maybe stick to reading Harry Potter to the kids.
"Not at all Cuckoo"
unexpected story line and the narration
yes - but sadly couldn't
Cormoran Strike, Book 1 read in order - Ive just started number 2 and it gives some of book one away in it if you haven't read it.
"Brilliant crime writing; just as good as Potter!"
Absolutely! Most of my friends are Harry Potter fans & after the general bad press for 'The Casual Vacancy', this story shows JK Rowling to be a versatile writer, rather than a 'one hit wonder' (not my words btw). In addition, this is excellent, non-gory contemporary crime writing in its own right. Great 2 main characters, both of whom you really grow to love.
Hmmm. In that the main protagonist is a bit of a rough diamond, perhaps you'd compare it to 'A Touch of Frost'. However, there are many more elements to the story than it simply being a 'detective-not-playing-by-the-rules' thriller. Great character development, twists & sub-plots. READ IT!
All scenes where Strike is being abrupt to posh, rich idiots get my vote!
Many scenes where Strike & Robin are looking out for one another in various ways are particularly moving.
So glad 'Galbraith' has written a sequel, though you are definitely recommended to listen to this one first, so as to get the back-story thoroughly.
"The best reader ever"
I have enjoyed listening to The Cuckoo's Calling both because of the story itself, that quite obviously leans onto the characteristics of Raymond Chandler, and I enjoy this genre but I must praise the reader for giving each charactor his or her own voice without ever losing the flow of the story. I will definately look him up again.
"Great Book - Very Enjoyable."
I really enjoyed listening to this book as the story flows well. I was totally engrossed and liked getting to know the characters. The main character, Strike and his relationship with his receptionist is an interesting one. Hope this develops as the series continues. I had a sneaky suspicion who the killer was at the start, which turned out to be correct, but there are lots of plausible alternatives which keep you guessing until the last minute. Have just downloaded the next book in the series, hope it's as good as the first.
Good book great story. held me to the end. will be listening to more from this author. Hope the next is as good
"Perfect Detective Thriller"
I came to this following a 3 month "Game of Thrones" immersion (Books 1-5) , so needed something to set my head back in the real world, this book turned out to be the perfect way to achieve this. I appreciate that there were a few stereotypes but rather than be annoyed i made a game and tried to spot who they were based on :-) (too libelous to repeat)
His accents were by and large excellent, the only one where he needed some help with was the West Indian accent, it seemed to start off in Cardiff and end up somewhere north of Helsinki, however, given that i had just endured the GoT narrator who changed complete characters during a chapter then this was not enough to spoil the book
Made me want to get the second book
"Not bad for a first novel away from Potter"
The narrator did a very good job. Would certainly listen to something else he does.
Yes. It did keep me going back for just one more chapter
The only draw back with this book was the amount if swearing that was in it. I really don't think so much was needed
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